Music

FREE concert: Verdehr Trio, 3/22 at Nicholas Music Center

The Mason Gross Presents series brings the Verdehr Trio to Nicholas Music center 8 p.m. Tuesday, Verdehr TrioMarch 22, 2011, for a free concert that includes selections from W.A. Mozart and George and Ira Gershwin. Tickets are not required.

Conducting energy: Student Jessica Peyton takes up the baton

Music major Jessica Peyton talks choral and orchestral conducting in this Rutgers magazine feature. For the record: She's a fan of the baton.

Music Theory

Composition, Music Theory

Patricia Howland specializes in 19th-century music, with additional interests in post-tonal theory, counterpoint, and music theory pedagogy. She has published and presented papers on post-tonal form in the music of Babbitt, Carter, and Stockhausen, as well as on transformational networks in the music of Liszt. Her current research is focused on formal design in the 19th century, with the aim of developing models that reflect the structural changes from Classical practice.

Horn

Denise Tryon joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in October 2009 as fourth horn. Previously the fourth horn of the Detroit Symphony, she has also held positions with the Baltimore, Columbus, and New World symphonies and has participated in the Colorado Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival.

Rutgers Woodwind Day 2011 to take place Sunday, Jan. 23

A variety of workshops, master classes and concerts will be offered on Sunday, Jan. 23, as part of Rutgers Woodwind Day 2011. 

Rutgers Woodwind Day 2011 will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marryott Music Building and Nicholas Music Center on Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. The event is open to all ages and abilities--professionals, amateurs, students, teachers, parents and music directors. Instruments and accessories are for sale all day.

"An Affair to Remember": Rutgers Symphony Orchestra to present works by Strauss, Barber on Dec. 10

The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra will close its slate of fall concerts on Friday, December, 10, with A Strauss Affair to Remember. The program includes Richard Strauss’ signature works Metamorphosen and Death and Transfiguration.Maestro Kynan Johns

Pianist Michelle Rofrano has found her place in the Music Department

Michelle RofranoMaybe Michelle Rofrano didn’t even choose the piano; maybe the piano chose her.

At age 6 Rofrano was all about the violin. But practical considerations won out: The Rofrano family received a second-hand piano, not a violin, and that was that.

Behind the scenes: Acoustic piano technician Dave Miller

Dave Miller is our ears.Dave Miller

Miller, 58, has served as the Mason Gross School’s acoustic piano technician since 1997, tuning pianos and preparing them for recitals and visiting musicians.

“I just hear it,” Miller says. “I don’t have perfect pitch. But I hear.”