On November 17-18, Tim Newton conducted the New York State School Music Association Zone 7 Area All-State High School Chorus, of 170 of the Capital Region’s best high school singers, representing more than 40 school districts. Newton led the chorus in eight hours of rehearsal and performed choral music from Mozambique, Zambia, Latvia, England and the US. Featured works included Jonathan Dove’s double chorus work, Ring Out, Wild Bells, and Eriks Esenvald’s Northern Lights that employs hand chimes and water glasses, a soloist, and an eight-part chorus. This was Tim’s third NYSSMA Area All-State High School Choral invitation, and was held at Saratoga Springs High School.
Tim Newton, Associate Professor of Music, was appointed Deputy Chorus Master of London’s Philharmonia Chorus in August 2017. Upon the sudden indisposition of Berlin Chorus Master, Stefan Bevier, Newton rehearsed the Chorus in final rehearsals for two programs at Germany’s Rheingau Music Festival: a concert of thirteen English Romantic cathedral anthems at Wiesbaden’s Marktkirche on August 31, recorded by Deutschlandfunk for broadcast this fall; the concluding concert of the Festival on September 2 with the Hamburg Symphony performing Edward Elgar’s oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius, conducted by Deutsche Grammophon artist Paul McCreesh at the 12th-century Kloster Eberbach. Newton also formed and rehearsed a chamber chorus of 20 London professional voices that were featured in both concerts. With Maestro Bevier’s recovery, Newton ultimately served as Assistant Chorus Master during the Festival, and sang with the Chorus in both performances. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hailed the Chorus as “Stars of the Evening” after the sold-out concluding performance.
On November 5th, Newton returned to London to deputize and perform with the Philharmonia Chorus for their 60th Anniversary Concert in a performance of William Walton’s epic Belshazzar’s Feast with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardiner (English National Opera and Bergen Symphony, Norway). The concert, recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on November 28th, may be accessed at this link until the end of December: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09gg41b. The Philharmonia Chorus consists of approximately 100 highly trained amateurs, music conservatory, and professional opera singers in London, with a roster of nearly 200 singers.
CADE’s peer tutoring program will follow a MODIFIED schedule for DROP-IN PEER TUTORING from Monday, December 11 through Monday, December 18. Check here for the schedule and the list of classes covered: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/cade/dropinscheduleFINALSWEEK.asp.
Students who receive appointment-based tutoring should work directly with their peer or professional tutors to set up any necessary appointments during finals week.
Tim Welch, a full-time Lecturer in the department of Communication & Media, has produced a :30 Public Service Announcement for Shelters of Saratoga. The announcement is scheduled to air on several TV stations in the Capital District during the next several weeks. Shelters of Saratoga is a regional provider of services to the homeless in Upstate New York. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uKUjJuvMzM
Dr. Jean-Paul Orgeron’s (Milne Library) paper “Understanding the Language of Information Literacy” has recently been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Academic Librarianship. The paper is now available online (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2017.10.004).
Achim Koeddermann, Philosophy, gave an invited presentation on Erich Fromm: the Art of Loving, Necromancy In America at the Wiesbaden Open University ( VHS) on Nov. 24. The talk to philosophers and psychiatrists of the Fromm Society focused on the mixed background between Social Sciences and Philosophy needed to explain the relationships between insecurity, populism and Angst. German-born social scientist Erich Fromm’s work with the Frankfurt School and the New School of Social Research was used to explain narcissism and provided possible answers for contemporary social problems ranging from fake news to immigration issues.
SUNY Oneonta is developing a new certificate on climate change. Achim Koeddermann, Philosophy, gave an invited talk on Certification for Climate Change? The normative failures of deriving an ‘ought’ from an ‘is.’ The talk on “the need for philosophical foundations for scientists” examined the hidden different philosophical positions behind appeals to stop climate change. Students and faculty from the Environmental Science Masters Program (Koblenz University, Landau, Germany) discussed the need for a solid foundation beyond science in order to justify normative claims (11/22).