Edward T. Cone Concert Series Continues at Institute for Advanced Study in February and March

Edward T. Cone Concert Series Continues at Institute for Advanced Study in February and March

The Institute for Advanced Study has announced the spring schedule for its 2007-08 season, the inaugural Edward T. Cone Concert Series, organized by Artist-in-Residence Paul Moravec, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. The series, Tradition Redefined, explores the wide variety of aesthetic perspectives in art music, especially of the 20th and 21st centuries.

On February 8 and 9 at 8:00 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus, the Enso String Quartet (Maureen Nelson and John Marcus on violin, Melissa Reardon on viola and Richard Belcher on cello) will perform the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, Hugo Wolf, Maurice Ravel, and IAS Artist-in-Residence Paul Moravec.

In a concert talk at 4 p.m. on February 8 in the Dilworth Room, Terry Teachout, music and drama critic at Commentary magazine and the Wall Street Journal, will present "Confessions of a Critic."

The recorder collective Quartet New Generation will perform on March 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. The Berlin-based group performs on upwards of 20 different recorders of varying sizes and shapes during the course of a typical performance. The concert will feature the world premiere of Mortal Flesh, a work by Paul Moravec, along with the music of Bach, Bruckner, Petros Ovsepyan, Gordon Beeferman, Thomas Tompkins, John Dowland, Samuel Scheidt and Chiel Meijering.

A Concert Talk, "The High Male Voice: Castrato, Countertenor, and Male Alto," will be presented by legendary countertenor Russell Oberlin on Friday, March 7 at 4 p.m. in the Dilworth Room. No tickets are needed for this event. In 2004, Oberlin's performance career was the subject of a Canadian film, Russell Oberlin: America's Legendary Countertenor. He was a pioneer in the early music revival in America, and those attending the talk will hear some of his classic recordings from the 50s and 60s. This presentation, which will have a question-and-answer period, may touch on subjects including Oberlin's performance career, his role as a founding member of the New York Pro Musica Antiqua, and his work with such musical giants as Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, and Robert Shaw.

Concert tickets are free but must be reserved in advance; no tickets are necessary for the talks. For ticket information, or for further information about the Institute for Advanced Study's Artist-in-Residence Program, call (609) 734-8228 or visit www.ias.edu/air.

As of October 2007, the series carries the name of the late Edward T. Cone, who was a distinguished composer and musical scholar with long-standing ties to the Institute. The Artist-in-Residence program organizes and presents a concert series each year that bring outstanding musical artists to the Institute campus to perform free-of-charge for the Institute community and the general public. These concerts are now known as the Edward T. Cone Concert Series.

About the Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. Work at the Institute takes place in four Schools: Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Science. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by a permanent Faculty of approximately 30, and it ensures the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.

The Institute, founded in 1930, is a private, independent academic institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. Its more than 6,000 former Members hold positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Thirty-three Nobel Laureates and 40 out of 56 Fields Medalists, as well as many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the Institute.

About the Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence program was established at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1994 to create a musical presence within the Institute community and to have in residence a person whose work could be experienced and appreciated by scholars from all disciplines. Pianist Robert Taub was the first Artist-in-Residence from 1994 to 2001, followed by composer Jon Magnussen, who served as Artist-in-Residence from 2000 to 2007. Paul Moravec served as Artist-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008 and Artistic Consultant from 2008 to 2009. Derek Bermel, a composer, clarinetist, conductor and jazz and rock musician, served as Artist-in-Residence from 2009 to June 2013.

Composer Sebastian Currier became Artist-in-Residence in July 2013. His complex and imaginative works have been performed by such eminent artists and ensembles as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic. A recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, Currier has received numerous honors including the Berlin Prize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.