For the past 10 years the School of Music has collaborated with the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland in a series of educational exchanges that have enabled dozens of students and faculty to experience music study, teaching, and performance in a different culture. To date, these exchanges have included classical guitar, music therapy, music composition, orchestral studies, wind band performance, jazz studies, voice and opera. Notable among these many collaborations was a 2007 opera project featuring Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the partnership, another Mozart opera and staple of the operatic repertoire “Don Giovanni” was chosen for performance and presented in the Silesian Opera House in late November of 2013 and in Louisville’s Brown Theatre on January 24 & 26.
The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, held annually in Chicago in mid-December, is one of the largest meetings of its kind in the country. The Louisville community-based Concert Band and Chamber Winds under the direction of UofL Director of Bands Dr. Frederick Speck, presented a feature concert at the 2013 meeting.
The band’s membership includes many UofL music alumni and other professionals among its membership. Featured in the ensemble’s Chicago program were conductors Speck, Brad Rogers (MM 1989) and Director of Bands at Oldham County High School, Nan Moore, Director of Bands at Louisville Male High School, and UofL emeritus professor and Director of Bands Acton Ostling, Jr. Repertoire performed included music by UofL music composition professor Steve Rouse, UofL graduate Brant Karrick (BM 1982), and featured performer Jason Ham, euphoniumist with the West Point Academy band.
Later in December, the UofL Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Amy Acklin and assistant Dr. Mark Lynn and Director of Bands Frederick Speck, boarded busses bound for Orlando, FL and appearances supporting the Russell Athletic Wear Bowl, the 2013 bowl game for the 11-1 Cardinals football team. The band appeared at pep rallies for the Cardinal fans, performed in a parade held at nearby Universal Studios theme park, and presented a clinic for visiting Florida high school bands before the gameday activities.
On the Guarding of the Heart,” a piece for chamber orchestra by Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic has won the 2014 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
The 20-minute work “makes a huge emotional journey in a relatively short period of time, moving through many landscapes between the mysterious, moody opening and the ecstatic conclusion,” said award director and UofL music composition faculty member Marc Satterwhite. “The composer also makes wonderful use of the colors of the 14-piece ensemble. The instruments are used in fascinating ways, both traditional and otherwise … that shape the sound of unnatural, echoing beauty,” Marc continues.
Zivkovic, 38, describes the piece as an “instrumental cantata” inspired by the religious music of Bach. Its main theme is the need to return to oneself. “It is about hard-achieved detachment, stillness and watchfulness, it’s about solitude and exile,” the composer said.
Born in Belgrade in 1975, Zivkovic has lived in Stockholm, Sweden since 2000. He is active as a violinist and violist and teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Dr. Darcy Walworth, professor of music therapy, was named a “Top Four” Faculty Favorite for 2012-2013, an honor bestowed by the university to recognize faculty members from across the university who received the most nominations from students recognizing faculty members who have made a significant impact on their learning and intellectual development. Professor Walworth was recognized at a university celebration of teaching on February 7 and featured in a special video recognizing outstanding teachers at UofL.