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2007 Press

Posted December 27, 2007
The Lawrentian
Tufts Graduate and Instructor of Music Composition at Lawrence University Passes Away
Lawrence University lost a valuable member of its community on December 23, 2007. Jennifer Fitzgerald, an instructor of music composition in the Conservatory, died after a long battle with cancer. Fitzgerald was continually exploring new forms of composition and was particularly attracted to "unusual instrumental combinations," according to her personal Web site. She taught with great passion and energy throughout her entire battle with cancer. According to music professor Fred Sturm, Fitzgerald's colleague and friend, Fitzgerald "was never complaining, never drawing attention toward her pain or suffering ... her courage and spirit will inspire all of us who were privileged to know her." Fitzgerald was born July 8, 1975 in New York City. She received her BA in music from Tufts University and her master's degree and doctorate in music composition from Duke University. Click here to read the full article.

Gilbert Kalish Press Coverage

Posted December 11, 2007
Boston Globe
Review: In 'Concord,' pianist pulls off a Tall Order
By Matthew Guerrieri

Concert Review: Pianist Gilbert Kalish, Tufts Music Guest Artist Series,
December 8, 2007, Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University

MEDFORD - Some monuments need to be experienced in person; Charles Ives's Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Concord, Mass., 1840-60") is one of them, but performances of this sprawling, Great American Novel of a work aren't exactly everyday occurrences. Tufts University made an occasion out of the inauguration of a Guest Artist Series in its new performance hall, inviting pianist Gilbert Kalish for a recital centered around the piece... Click here for the full review from the Boston Globe written by Matthew Guerrieri.

Posted December 7, 2007
Boston Globe
Pianist revisits a decades-old triumph
Kalish to play Ives's 'Concord' Sonata at Tufts
By David Weininger

Concert Preview: Pianist Gilbert Kalish, Tufts Music Guest Artist Series,
December 8, 2007, Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University

A little more than 30 years ago, Gilbert Kalish recorded Charles Ives's "Concord" Sonata, his epic portrait of New England Transcendentalism. The recording won immediate praise... Click here for the full preview article from the Boston Globe written by David Weininger.

Posted December 2, 2007
Boston Globe Northwest Best Bet, December 2, 2007

Gilbert Kalish has been the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players since 1969, accompanies Jan DeGaetani and Dawn Upshaw, and has more than 100 recordings to his name. Click here for more .

Released November 14, 2007
Tufts Music - Official Press Release
Acclaimed concert Pianist Gilbert Kalish to present a
program of piano masterworks at Tufts University

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, MA – Piano masterworks from three centuries will fill Tufts University's Granoff Music Center on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 8 pm, as acclaimed concert pianist and Grammy nominee Gilbert Kalish kicks off Tufts Music's new Granoff Music Center Guest Artist Series. As part of his Tufts appearance, Mr. Kalish will perform Beethoven's Bagatelles, Copland's Four Piano Blues, Haydn's Sonata No. 47 in D Major, and Charles Ives's Concord Sonata. The concert will be held in the Distler Performance Hall, the Granoff Music Center's main performance venue, located at 20 Talbot Avenue on the Tufts Medford campus.

Through his work as both pianist, recording artist, and educator, Mr. Kalish has established himself as a major figure in American music making. A native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia College, Mr. Kalish has been the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players since 1969, was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and is a frequent guest artist with many of the world's most distinguished chamber ensembles. His thirty-year partnership with the great mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani, which produced an immense and highly celebrated discography of vocal music, was universally recognized as one of the most remarkable artistic collaborations of our time. He continues to maintain long-standing duos with cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and he appears frequently soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Including his output with Ms. DeGaetani, Mr. Kalish's discography includes over 100 recordings of works from the classical period to the present day. Of special note are his extensive recordings of Haydn's piano sonatas, as well as his Grammy-nominated solo recording of Ives's Concord Sonata. Mr. Kalish has also been highly celebrated for his frequent recordings of landmark 20th century works by composers such as Carter, Crumb, Shapey, and Schoenberg.

As an educator, Mr. Kalish is Distinguished Professor and Head of Performance at SUNY Stony Brook, and is a former member of the faculty at the Tanglewood Music Center. He continues to serve as a guest faculty at distinguished music institutions such as the Banff Centre and the Steans Institute at Ravinia. In 1995, he was presented the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago Music Department for distinguished service to music of our time.

From The Tufts Daily
Brown to use Tufts' music center as inspiration
- 10/26/2007
Tufts' Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center will serve as an inspiration for a new creative arts building at Brown University. The various arts departments within the university have united to call for the construction of . . . ( read more )

On-Campus Review | Double-degree recital to provide double the fun at Distler - 10/24/07
For a small number of musically inclined students, Tufts is only half of their college experience. The five-year Tufts University-New England Conservatory (NEC) double-degree program . . . ( read more )

Carnival-style fun of 'Avenue of the Arts' . . . - 10/11/2007
As Parents Weekend approaches, two burning questions arise, namely "Where do I hide all of the empty liquor bottles I've painstakingly saved since the beginning of the semester?" and "What do old people like my parents do for fun?" While Tufts offers no solution to the first quandary, this year's "Avenue of the Arts," the highlight of the 2007 Parents Weekend Program, is sure to provide some cross-generational entertainment. . . ( read more )

Tufts student breaks gender barriers on reality TV show -10/9/2007
Geeks are traditionally stereotyped as pocket-protector wearing, library-loving, graphing calculator enthusiasts. But for Nicole Morgan, a Tufts graduate student in the Department of Music, geekiness is in the eye of the beholder. Morgan has become the first female "geek" on "Beauty and the Geek," a reality show on the CW Television Network . . . ( read more )

Beyond Boundaries on pace to reach $1.2 billion goal - 10/05/2007
Almost a year after its official launch, Beyond Boundaries, Tufts' ongoing capital campaign, is well on the way to reaching its goal. As of Sept. 30, the fundraising effort has brought in $690 million, according to Central Development Programs Director Christopher Simoneau. The goal is to raise $1.2 billion. ( read more )

Musicians' Collective promises to impact music scene - 10/04/2007
When junior Deborah Neigher first walked into the basement of the newly constructed Granoff Music Center, she was amazed at the number of faces she didn't recognize. As a music major very involved in the program, Neigher thought that she knew everyone in the Tufts music scene . . . ( read more )

HONK! fest in Davis Square celebrates the power and joy of music made for revolution - 10/3/2007
Emma Goldman knew that a revolution without a groove was a disaster waiting to happen. When the Bolsheviks brutally consolidated their hold on the emerging Soviet Union, the anarchist famously rejected the authoritarian party, declaring "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." ... ( read more )

15-year-old Jazz Pianist Prodigy Records CD in a Live Concert Event - 9/29/2007
The Matt Savage Trio, helmed by 15-year-old jazz prodigy Matt Savage, will record their upcoming live album "Hot Ticket: Live in Boston with The Matt Savage Trio” over the course of two concerts at the prestigious, state-of-the-art Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University ... ( read more )

Tufts Music Mentors enrich the lives of Somerville students - 9/28/2007
SOMERVILLE - The Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center at Tufts University opened in February 2007 to much critical acclaim. The 55,000 square foot instructional and performance facility has been heralded as the best "small(performance) hall in the Boston area, and updated the architectural profile of the campus on the hill between Somerville and Medford ... ( read more )

Gospel Choir Director Preaches the Power of Living through Song - 9/25/2007
It is Friday afternoon, and most of Tufts University is in a collective state of lazy content. In the Distler Performance Hall, however, something is just getting started. A crowd of students, representing a diverse cross section of Tufts, are gathering excitedly ... ( read more )

From The Somerville Journal
Tufts Music Mentors enrich the lives of Somerville students
- 9/28/2007
SOMERVILLE - The Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center at Tufts University opened in February 2007 to much critical acclaim. The 55,000 square foot instructional and performance facility has been heralded as the best "small(performance) hall in the Boston area, and updated the architectural profile of the campus on the hill between Somerville and Medford ... ( read more )

From Mix Magazine
What Makes a Great Space
? - 06/01/2007
... This is the reason why Hoover, who has some 1,600 projects on his resume, used Symphony Hall as a reference point when he designed Tufts University's new Distler Recital Hall ... ( read more )

From Tufts Magazine
WHY MUSIC?

As part of the opening of the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center, artists and scholars weigh in on music's origins, uses, and transforming power in a special edition of Tufts Magazine. Click here for the the Tufts Magazine feature.

Visit this link for a series of special multimedia presentations on the opening semester of the Granoff Music Center.


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