Courtroom Concert Program Details

November 5, 2015, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

Music of Edie Hill
Gary Ruschman, tenor
Kristian Anderson, guitar
The First Readings Project,  J. David Moore, music director

Draw the Strings Tight
Kristian Anderson, guitar

Rincón del cielo
    I. Rasgos
    II. Preludio
    III. Rincón del cielo
    IV. Total
    V. Un lucero
    VI. Franja
    VII. Una
    VIII. Madre
    IX. Recuerdo
    X. Hospicio
    XI. Cometa
    XII. Venus
    XIII. Abajo
    XIV. La gran tristeza
Gary Ruschman, tenor; Kristian Anderson, guitar

We Bloomed In Spring
Clay Jug
The First Readings Project, J. David Moore, music director

hillFrom solo to orchestra, epigram to epic, the music of Edie Hill (b. 1962) unfolds seamlessly in all spaces and idioms. A native of New York City, her works are performed frequently and world-wide. Most recently, her music has been performed at Lincoln Center in New York, Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, The Netherlands and has been performed by The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Cantus, and Nederlands Kamerkoor. A three-time McKnight Artist Fellow and a two-time Bush Artist Fellow, Hill has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, Meet The Composer and Chamber Music America, to name a few. She actively cultivates the talents of young composers and musicians as well as educating and engaging the public in the music of today. She has been a guest lecturer at such institutions as Syracuse University, the American Composers Forum, the Iowa Composers Forum Nuts N’ Bolts Festival, Tufts University, the University of Michigan and Delft University (Netherlands) and the Conservatory at Arnhem in Netherlands. Hill earned a B.A. at Bennington College where she studied with Vivian Fine, and then went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota She resides in Minneapolis where she works as a freelance composer and owns Hummingbird Press.

Ruschman_small_headshot_colorGary Ruschman is a tenor vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and prize-winning composer/arranger. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “funny and fresh-voiced”, he has appeared as a soloist with major and regional orchestras, early music ensembles, and opera companies across the United States, including the Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Portland Opera, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Opera Center, Berkeley Opera, Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Consortium Carissimi, West Bay Opera, and numerous festivals. The Kentucky native spent a decade of recording and touring the globe with the acclaimed vocal ensemble CANTUS, appearing at the Kennedy Center, Royal Opera House Oman, Library of Congress, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, San Francisco Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, and the original production and national tours of All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914. Gary currently serves as Director of Music at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and earned degrees with honors from Northern Kentucky University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

krisKristian Anderson’s versatility as a musician has resulted in a thriving performing career, covering a wide range of endeavors and accomplishments. Upon completing his doctoral degree with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, Kristian returned to his native Minneapolis, MN in 2008, where he has been in demand both in and out of the classical realm. A founding member of the Tantalus Quartet, he has performed throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, the GFA Festival, the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, National Polish Radio, and more. As a soloist, he is a gold medal winner of several classical guitar competitions and has concertized at festivals and guitar societies throughout the United States. As a composer, he has written and arranged several pieces for solo guitar, guitar duo, and guitar quartet. His solo piece “Improvisation” was recently published in Soundboard magazine, and his new quartet “Ignes Fatui” is featured on the latest recording from the Tantalus Quartet. Kristian also performs regularly in a variety of different settings outside of classical guitar. Credits include the Broadway Tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical, on electric guitar with the North Carolina Symphony, and approximately 400 shows a year throughout the Twin Cities as a professional theater musician. A passionate educator, Kristian has lectured, adjudicated competitions, and given masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. He has held faculty positions the University of North Texas and Thomas University, and now heads guitar studies at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis. His past students have gone on to win competitions and been accepted into the studios at Florida State, Arizona State, the University of North Texas, and McNally Smith College of Music. His primary teachers include esteemed pedagogues Bruce Holzman, Frank Koonce, Thomas Johnson, and Alan Johnston. He has also studied under guitar luminaries Oscar Ghiglia, Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, Odair Assad, among many more. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and newborn son. His son has long fingers. Any ideas what instrument he should start on?

The First Readings Project was founded in 2012 by composer, conductor, and singer J. David Moore, growing from a deep love of choral singing and a desire to encourage innovation and experimentation in the repertoire. He envisioned a choir of professional singers that could act as collaborators and mentors for composers developing new work. As conceived, the group would offer a number of services: a series of public readings; being available for private recordings or privately-produced workshops; and, eventually, ticketed concert performances, drawing from repertoire submitted to the reading sessions earlier in the year. The organization should be flexible and imaginative enough to develop other projects as ideas presented themselves.

J. David Moore (b. 1962) has been in love with a cappella singing and the romance of word and melody ever since high school. Since then, he has written over two hundred arrangements of vocal jazz, spirituals, barbershop quartet, Celtic mouth music, Civil Rights marching songs, early American hymn tunes, sixteenth-century madrigals, and folk music in Ukrainian, Gaelic, Austrian, Brazilian Portuguese, French, and Latin. His own compositions are shaped by his voracious appetite for music of every era and style. He has written art song, oratorios, music for percussion ensemble, string quartet, wind ensemble, baroque orchestra, and tuned wine glasses. He has written music for worship, dance, and the stage, including the outdoor spectacle Solstice River, created by choreographer Marylee Hardenbergh, which has been performed on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis every summer since 1997. His recent projects explore music for lute quartet, the poetry of Sylvia Plath, raucous British drinking songs, and the singing meditations of the Taize Community.

He has had a long and productive relationship with The Rose Ensemble, a group specializing in pre-eighteenth century vocal music. This connection has resulted in pieces modeled after medieval and Renaissance music from the courts and cathedrals of Spain, Sweden, and Mexico.

David has founded and directed two professional a cappella ensembles since graduate school: Cincinnati-based The Village Waytes and St. Paul’s Dare To Breathe, with whom he performed, recorded, and was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists in 2001. He has won numerous grants, awards, and residencies from many organizations such as ASCAP, the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the American Composers Forum. He has twice been awarded the Forum’s Faith Partners residency, during which time he collaborated with consortia of congregations in the creation of twelve new liturgical works. He has been commissioned by many varied organizations such as The Alchemy Project The Arizona Master Chorale, The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, The Minnesota Opera (for whom he wrote a 20-minute opera about alien invasion with a group of fourth-graders), MUSE Women’s Choir, The Sapphire Chamber Consort, Shawn Womack Dance Projects, The South Bend Chamber Singers, The Venere Lute Quartet, and The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus.

In addition to his own company, Fresh Ayre Music, David’s music is published through Boosey & Hawkes, Colla Voce, Earthsongs, Hinshaw, Mark Foster, Music for Percussion, Santa Barbara, Transcontinental Music Publications, and Yelton Rhodes Music. He is currently the Director of Music at Nativity Episcopal Church in Burnsville. He loves fresh bread, a good cup of tea, the work of Andy Goldsworthy, the books of Edward Gorey, and walking in the woods.

Concert Info

October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

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