The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation has announced this year’s fellowship winners. One of them is Jonathan Bailey Holland, chair of composition, contemporary music, and core studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Among several projects Holland is currently working on is an opera commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. during his time at Boston University.
The Washington Post names the performance of Bowie Symphonic: Blackstar at Strathmore Music Center, which will feature numerous Conservatory community members, as one of the top things to do in D.C. for February 2020.
American Composers Orchestra to perform world premiere orchestrations of Charles Ives's 114 Songs, including two by Conservatory Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies Jonathan Bailey Holland.
Tony Award-winning triple threat Sutton Foster is adding another honor to her impressive list of accomplishments. Cathy Young, the executive director of Boston Conservatory at Berklee, will present Foster with an honorary doctor of music degree during the conservatory’s commencement ceremony on May 11.
Grammy Award–winning Silkroad soloists join Boston Conservatory at Berklee Orchestra in a dynamic performance at Symphony Hall. Conducted by Bruce Hangen, the program will feature poetry-inspired contemporary classical works by Tan Dun, Dinuk Wijeratne, and Gabriela Lena Frank among others.
San Francisco Classical Voicegives a glowing review of a performance of Bowie Symphonic: Blackstar, featuring conductor/composer Evan Ziporyn, cellist Maya Beiser, the Ambient Orchestra, and students, faculty, and alumni from Boston Conservatory's contemporary classical music program.
Conservatory faculty member Judith Eissenberg will perform Sofia Gubaidulina’s String Quartet No. 4 with the Lydian String Quartet. The piece features pre-recorded sounds, multicolored lights, and various extended techniques.
Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies Jonathan Bailey Holland’s composition His House Is Not of This Land was performed at the Bang on a Canmarathon at Mass MoCA. The piece was inspired by Cornelia Parker’s art installation Anti-Mass, which uses burnt wood collected from a torched Southern Baptist church.