Annelie and Roderik de Man Featured Guests at 2008 Symposium Of Contemporary Music
January 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Composer Roderik de Man and harpsichordist Annelie de Man will
be featured guests at Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music’s annual Symposium
of Contemporary Music. The Symposium will take place from Thursday, Feb. 7 to Sunday,
Feb. 10. All events will take place in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210
N. Park St., Bloomington) and are free and open to the public.
Established in 1952, the Symposium of Contemporary Music brings prominent guest composers
or performers to campus for a two-to-three day residency. The Symposium's goal is
to involve students directly in performing new compositions while recognizing contemporary
composers. Over the years, guest composers have included Aaron Copland (1958), Iain
Hamilton (1968), Halim El-Dabh and Olly Wilson (1970), Jean Eichelberger Ivey (1986),
Arvo Part (1998), Libby Larson (2000), William Bolcom and Joan Morris (2001) and the
New York New Music Ensemble (2006).
- Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. — an open rehearsal and discussion of music by Louis Andriessen,
with Annelie de Man and Illinois Wesleyan students.
- Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. — a concert of contemporary music with video, performed
by Annelie de Man. The program also includes a composition by Professor David Vayo, “Play of Hands” for amplified harpsichord, performed by Annelie de Man.
- Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. — a concert of music by Roderik de Man, performed by Illinois
Wesleyan faculty and students.
Roderik de Man studied percussion with Frans van der Kraan and music theory at the
Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Simultaneously, he took part in composition classes
with Kees van Baaren and worked in the electronic studio as a student of Dick Raaymakers.
He has taught theoretica subjects and composition to young composers at the Hague
A board member of the Centre for Electronic Music (CEM), de Man was recently asked
to be a counselor to the board of the Stichting Ton Bruynl, foundation for the promotion
of electronic music. He has also been a member of the GAUDEAMUS Foundation board since
Numerous organizations, including the Amsterdam Art Fund and the Johan Wagenaar Foundation,
have commissioned Roderik de Man’s compositions, which are purely instrumental or
instrumental/electronic. His repertoire includes solo pieces, chamber music and works
for choir, large ensembles and orchestra. Many of these pieces have been selected
by the international jury of the ISCM (the International Society for Contemporary
Music) to be performed during the World Music Days (Oslo 1991, Mexico 1993, Seoul
1997, Bucharest 1998, Switzerland 2004).
A performer of baroque and contemporary music, Annelie de Man studied at the Royal
Conservatory of The Hague with Janny van Wering and Bob van Asperen. She is a professor
of contemporary harpsichord music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and has given master
classes and lectures at numerous conservatories and universities throughout Europe
and Asia. She is secretary of the Foundation Ton Bruynl and is on the board of the
Festival November Music.
In 2003, Annelie de Man founded Double_Action with bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay.
As a member of this duo and as a solo artist, she has inspired composers worldwide,
including Louis Andriessen, to write for her. In 2002 she played 35 performances live
on stage of 'Rameau' with the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Touring the world, she has
played solo and in several orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Amsterdam
For additional information, contact the School of Music office at (309) 556-3061.
Contact: Jessica Block, (309) 556-3181