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07

Nov
2013

In News

By Joel Friedman

Singing In the Rain, or Shine – The Washington Chorus has a new member, me

On 07, Nov 2013 | In News | By Joel Friedman

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This fall I’ve joined the prestigious Washington Chorus as part of their Bass 1 section.  Under the direction of conductor-composer Julian Wachner and Executive Director Dianne Peterson, we have already performed Act III of Wagner’s Parsifal with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony and Britten’s War Requiem as part of the Britten 100 Worldwide Celebration. It is a privilege and an honor to work with such amazing musicians and a superb organization. And no, I haven’t been part of a chorus since my days in Boston under the direction of famed Maestro Thomas Dunn!

 

07

Nov
2013

In News

By Joel Friedman

Back to, and from, Montalvo!

On 07, Nov 2013 | In News | By Joel Friedman

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In September Seth Friedman (librettist) and I had a terrific and productive time working on Fallings during my next installment of my Fellowship/residency at the Montalvo Arts Center. Thank you Kelly Sicat and whole gang for making our stay productive and fun. BTW: This was my studio. Watch this space for future updates on Fallings!

16

Jun
2013

In News

By Joel Friedman

We have arrived: back on the East Coast, but this time it’s D.C.

On 16, Jun 2013 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Late last night (June 15th) we landed at Dulles: 2 adults, 1 teen, 1 small dog, and 2 unhappy parrots.  It was a l-o-n-g process of purging, packing, and preparing culminating in a l-o-n-g day.  But, we are here setting up shop in Washington D.C. It’s great being back in a city, the Northwest part of D.C.  Of course none of our stuff arrives for another 10-14 days…  But, the adventure begins!

16

Jun
2013

In News

By Joel Friedman

The Lede: Klein Competition announces its 2013 Winners; composer very happy.

On 16, Jun 2013 | In News | By Joel Friedman

This year’s Klein Competition is now over.  It was a fabulous weekend with eight terrific semi-finalists playing Bach, Tchaikovsky, Berg, Bartok, Sibelius, Poulenc, and Friedman (among others).  Three finalists were chosen.  I had the pleasure of hearing multiple interpretations of my new pieces Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle (violin), When The World Disintegrates Before Your Eyes (viola), Two Movements from Triptych (Parting, Approaching Home) and being on the very experienced and wonderful panel selecting the winners.  Some really amazing talent.  I will post audio from my pieces in the coming weeks.  More info

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Dana Kelley, viola, 3rd Prize; Wyatt Underhill, violin, 2nd Prize; Youjin Lee, violin, 1st Prize.
Photo by Scott Chernis.

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22

May
2013

In News

By Joel Friedman

Almost there: the 2013 Klein International String Competition

On 22, May 2013 | In News | By Joel Friedman

We’re almost there: 3 weeks until the Klein Competition!  The participants have my  three new commissioned solo string pieces.  Three very different, but technically comparable works: Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle (violin), When The World Disintegrates Before Your Eyes (viola), and Triptych: Dark Waters, Parting, and Arriving Home (cello).   Each contestant is required to perform the pieces for the semi-final round.  The finalists have a choice to include my work on their finals program the next day.  The semi-finals are Saturday, June 8th and the finals Sunday, June 9th at San Francisco State.  For more details see: Klein Competition Timeline

19

Feb
2013

In News

By Joel Friedman

The ripple effect in action, or what teachers seldom hear but love to know

On 19, Feb 2013 | In News | By Joel Friedman

When I taught at Seton Hall University I had a really interesting student named Timothy Hester.  When Tim graduated I do remember him saying how he enjoyed my courses.  Little did I know that years later our paths would cross once more.  Recently Tim contacted me to let me know about a posting on his blog Harvey Millican: Raising Your Kids Without Lowering Your IQ.  I Read it and found myself  speechless.  We never really know the impact we might have on our students.  But, once in a while we are lucky enough to find out.  http://wp.me/s10sPo-5095

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31

Jan
2013

In News

By Joel Friedman

Heading Back East!

On 31, Jan 2013 | In News | By Joel Friedman

I’m very excited to announce that my family is moving back to the East coast, Washington D.C. to be specific.  My wife, Jenny Bilfield, is the new President and CEO of the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS).  Jenny will start April 1st and Hallie and I will join later.   Meanwhile, I have a number of projects in the pipeline and will look forward to reconnecting friends and colleagues on the East coast network.  Washington Post article

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18

Dec
2012

In News

By Joel Friedman

Commission for the 2013 Klein International String Competition

On 18, Dec 2012 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Joel has been commissioned to write a series of solo string pieces for the 2013 Irving M. Klein International String Competition.  Founded in 1985, the Klein Competition is a premier competition for emerging string players.   Past winners have included violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Jennifer Koh, and cellist Joshua Roman.  Semi-finalists will present Friedman’s commissioned work June 8, 2013.

The Klein commission

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13

Dec
2012

In News

By Joel Friedman

The Anatomy Of the Musical

On 13, Dec 2012 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Leonard Bernstein rehearses West Side Story with Stephen Sondheim at the piano.

Joel offers a unique “insider’s perspective” on the art, craft, and history of the musical. Works include classics such as Show Boat, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Company,  and  A Chorus Line, with recent musicals like Rent, and Hedwig and The Angry Inch. The various constituent parts – book, score, lyrics, choreography, and direction – are dissected illustrating how they are employed to tell the story, propel the plot, and develop character. If you’ve ever wondered how a musical actually works then this is the course for you.

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12

Dec
2012

In News

By Joel Friedman

Revolution: The Music of The Beatles

On 12, Dec 2012 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Joel offers a clear-eyed assessment of The Beatles’ work and career as they developed from a local cover band to arguably some of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Seen from the unique perspective of a composer, Joel focuses on the key differentiator that sets the band apart: its creative output. History, analysis, influences, outtakes, technology. It’s all there.

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