photo credit: H. C. Porter

Featured Guest:  Eve Beglarian, composer/vocalist

November 10, 2016


4 PM, Westbrook Auditorium
Panel Discussion: The Arts Outside of the Boxes
Eve Beglarian with IWU Faculty


8 PM, Westbrook Auditorium
Concert: Music of Eve Beglarian

According to the Los Angeles Times, composer and performer Eve Beglarian “is a humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist.” She was recently awarded the 2015 Robert Rauschenberg Prize from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for her “innovation, risk-taking, and experimentation.”

Beglarian’s current projects include  Descent , an immersive music-theater piece about a downed female aviator; the long-term undertaking  A Book of Days , text/music/visuals, one for each day of the year; and  Brim , the ensemble and repertoire she has created in response to her 2009 journey down the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle.

Beglarian's chamber, choral, and orchestral music has been commissioned and widely performed by the Los Angeles Master Choralethe American Composers Orchestrathe Bang on a Can All-Starsthe Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centerthe California EAR Unitthe Orchestra of St. Luke's, Relâchethe Paul Dresher EnsembleSequiturloadbangthe Guidonian HandNewspeakthe Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble and individual performers including Maya Beiser, Sarah Cahill, Lauren Flanigan, Marya Martin, and Mary Rowell.

Highlights of Beglarian's work in music theater includes music for Mabou Mines' Obie-winning  Dollhouse Animal Magnetism Ecco Porco,Choephorai, and Shalom Shanghai, all directed by Lee Breuer; Forgiveness, a collaboration with Chen Shi-Zheng and Noh master Akira Matsui; and the China National Beijing Opera Theater's production of The Bacchae, also directed by Chen Shi-Zheng.

She has collaborated with choreographers including Ann Carlson, Robert LaFosse, Victoria Marks, Susan Marshall, and David Neumann, and with visual and video artists including Cory Arcangel, Anne Bray, Vittoria Chierici, Barbara Hammer, Kevork Mourad, Shirin Neshat, Matt Petty, and Judson Wright.

Performance projects include  Brim Songs from a Book of Days The Story of B Open Secrets Hildegurls’ Ordo Virtutum , twisted tutu , and typOpera.

Recordings of Eve's music are available on KochNew WorldCanteloupe,InnovaCRI Emergency MusicO Discs, Accurate Distortion, Atavistic, Naxos, Kill Rock Stars, and forthcoming on ECM.



About the Symposium

The Annual Symposium of Contemporary Music, established in 1952, brings prominent guest composers or performers to campus each year for a two-to-three-day residency. IWU faculty and students participate in the performance of works by guest composers and in discussions on aesthetic or analytical issues.  Guests also give master classes and presentations to composition and performance students.

Recent guests of the Symposium include renowned composers Louis Andriessen, Shulamit Ran and Chinary Ung, and the acclaimed New York New Music Ensemble, Orchid Ensemble of Vancouver and Ensemble ONIX of Mexico City. The Symposium forms part of IWU's New Music Series, which also includes concerts of contemporary music by guest composers and performers, faculty performances, the New Music Cafe concert series, ensemble concerts featuring new music, and programs of student compositions.

Previous Guest Composers, Performers, Scholars

2016 Spring- Kyle Gann

2015—Fifth House Ensemble, Jonathan Green, Mario Pelusi, David Vayo

2014—John Daversa

2013 Chinary Ung, Adam Greene, Susan Ung, Stacey Fraser, Jocelyn Chang

2012 Shulamit Ran

2011 Song Ming-zhu, Yang Xiaozhong, Zhou Tianli

2009 Onix Ensemble

2008 fallJohn Sharpley, Orchid Ensemble

2008 springRoderik and Annelie de Man

2007 Stephen Paulus

2006 New York New Music Ensemble

2005 Vince Mendoza

2004 Louis Andriessen, Monica Germino, Cristina Zavalloni, James Quandt

2003 Mario Lavista

2002 Present Music Ensemble

2001 William Bolcom, Joan Morris

2000 Libby Larsen

1999 John Corigliano

1998 Arvo Part

1997 Joseph Schwantner

1996 Morton Gould Memorial Concert

1995 David Diamond

1993 fallLeslie Bassett, John Crawford (Society of Composers, Inc. Region 5 Conference)

1993 springAlexander Aslamazov

1991 Alice Parker

1990 Karel Husa

1989 Hale Smith

1988 John Beall

1987 Jan Bach

1986 Jean Eichelberger Ivey

1985 Michael Schelle

1984 Robert Bankert, Abram M. Plum, R. Bedford Watkins

1983 George Crumb Concert

1982 David Ward-Steinman

1981 Walter S. Hartley

1979 Leonard B. Meyer

1978 M. William Karlins

1977 Lou Harrison, Ezra Sims

1976 Donald Erb

1975 David Ward-Steinman

1974 Scott Huston

1973 Courtney Cox, Phil Wilson

1972 Stravinsky Memorial Concert

1971 Edward J. Miller

1970 Halim El-Dabh, Olly Wilson

1969 The Loop Group, Depaul University

1968 Iain Hamilton

1967 Frederick Tillis, George Crumb

1966 Louis Coyner, Edwin Harkins, Philip Winsor, Edwin London

1964 Robert Wykes, E.J. Ulrich, Salvatore Martirano, Herbert Brun, Ben Johnston

1963 Robert Wykes, Alabama String Quartet

1962 Robert Erickson, George Rochberg, Glenn Glasow

1960 Roy Harris

1959 Paul Pisk, George Rochberg

1958 Aaron Copland

1957 Ernst Krenek, William Bergsma

1956 Hunter Johnson, Ulysses Kay

1955 Wallingford Riegger, Peter Mennin

1954 Normand Lockwood, Robert Palmer

1953 Anthony Donato, Homer Keller

1952 Earl George, Grant Fletcher, Burrill Phillips