“Tracks from the Stacks” Radio Program to Debut on WPEA

Drew Gatto, Academy Music Librarian
Drew Gatto, Academy Music Librarian

Music Librarian Drew Gatto is the host of a new radio program, “Tracks from the Stacks,” set to debut on Wednesday, January 16th from 1:00 until 2:00 pm on WPEA, the campus radio station.  The program will be broadcast during the same time each Wednesday for the duration of the winter and spring terms.

Tracks from the Stacks” will feature music from the CD collection held in the Academy Library. The show will be organized around the theme of “musical connections,” wherein all of the tracks played will relate to a single theme. Drew will provide brief explanations of these connections between tracks, and playlists (including information on how to find each featured CD in the Library) will be posted online for those who are interested in further exploring the music featured on a particular show.  In addition, Circulation Coordinator Marilyn Bott will create accessible displays in the Library so that patrons can easily find CDs used during the previous week’s program. The first show will feature a tribute to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in anticipation of the Academy-wide celebration of his birthday scheduled for Friday, January 18th.  

Drew welcomes suggestions for future programs and hopes that you’ll join him “on the air” this month!

2010 Summer Concert Series

The Friends of the Academy Library kick off another series of summer concerts, held in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall. This year’s series consists of six free concerts held on consecutive Wednesdays, each beginning at  at 7 p.m. The first is “Paul Sullivan and Friends” on June 30th. Sullivan, a 1973 alumnus of the academy, is an accomplished pianist, composer, director, conductor and performer in jazz clubs, on- and off-Broadway theater, and in concert halls throughout the world.

All the concerts are open to the public.

You can see the entire series program below.

Dover Scores Add Choral and Orchestral Masterworks to Music Library

A Dover Edition Score

The Music Library recently acquired 201 printed study scores published by Dover Publications, Inc. The collection includes choral and orchestral pieces long considered masterworks of Western music, presented in full score from authoritative editions. The collection will assist music faculty in evaluating and selecting repertoire for performance and music appreciation coursework, and will provide direct access to a cornerstone of the musical canon for students studying musicology, composition and performance.

For many years, Dover Publications has supplied libraries and general consumers with high-quality, cost-efficient editions of musical works in the public domain. Often referred to as “thrift” editions due to their relatively low prices, these scores are reprints of time-honored European editions, including those from eminent music publishers Brietkopf & Hartel, Schott and Universal.

Although designed primarily for study and consultation, Dover scores can also be useful in rehearsal and performance settings. At the end of the Spring term, the Music Department will host a semi-staged version of the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell in collaboration with the Theater Department.  Adjunct faculty member Radmila Repczynski, the rehearsal pianist for the performance, recently discovered a full score of Dido and Aeneas among the collection of new Dover volumes. She enjoyed comparing the Dover score with the King’s Edition, which will be used for the Academy’s production, noting the differences in orchestration in particular. “The King’s Edition is all in open score, which means that it contains no keyboard part that corresponds with the orchestral accompaniment,“ Repczynski explained. “The Dover edition contains a piano reduction, with the instrumental parts are essentially arranged for piano. Having this piano part available makes rehearsing with singers much easier for me.”  Repczynski added that because no written manuscript of Purcell’s original score for Dido and Aeneas has ever been located, a number of editions of the work have appeared in print over the years. First published in 1915 by British publisher Novello, the Dover edition of Dido and Aeneas is has remained a popular choice among conductors and performers due to its adaptability.

Whether comparing different editions of a work or discovering it for the first time, faculty and students will find that Dover scores offer an accessible and dependable framework for musical analysis.

Jay Geils Plays Jazz

The Library will host the second performance of its 2009 Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 9 with an appearance by the Jay Geils–Gerry Beaudoin Quintet. The group features two prominent names in the pantheon of jazz, blues and rock guitar, backed by an accomplished trio of Phillips Exeter Academy music faculty members.

The quintet will play standards and other favorites from the history of jazz, blues and swing guitar. Jay Geils, best known for playing rock and roll with the J. Geils Band from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s, is also an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist.

Jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin has carved out a career as a leader, arranger and guitarist. A disciple of 7-string jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, Beaudoin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is an adjunct professor of music at Quincy Community College in Quincy, MA.  Beginning with a chance meeting at a guitar show in 1994, Geils and Beaudoin have performed together in a variety of settings including the New Guitar Summit, which features the two alongside blues legend Duke Robillard and jazz guitarist extraordinaire Howard Alden. Jay Geils and Gerry Beaudoin headlined the 2003 Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and in 2007 they were chosen to represent the Statesmen of Jazz in concerts in Virginia and New England.

Joining Geils and Beaudoin at the Library will be PEA music faculty members Charlie Jennison on woodwinds, Marty Ballou on double bass and drummer Les Harris, Jr. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm, and is free and open to the public.  

L to R: Jay Geils, Les Harris, Jr. and Gerry Beaudoin (photo by Larry Fedorchak)
L to R: Jay Geils, Les Harris, Jr. and Gerry Beaudoin (photo by Larry Fedorchak)

Summer Concert Series 2009

The Friends of the Academy Library kick off another summer of musical concerts, held in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall. This year’s series consists of five free concerts, beginning at 7 p.m. The first is “An Evening with Paul Sullivan” on June 24th. Sullivan, a 1973 alumnus of the academy, is an accomplished pianist, composer, director, conductor and performer in jazz clubs, on- and off-Broadway theater, and in concert halls throughout the world.

All the concerts are open to the public.

You can see the entire series program below.

Summer Concerts 2009 Program

Listening Room Combines Music with Multimedia

Music faculty member Eric Sinclair with a student in the Listening Room
Music faculty member Eric Sinclair with a student in the Listening Room

The PEA Music Library is pleased to announce a new resource for music students and their teachers: a multimedia listening room. Located in Room 111 in the lower left corner of the Forrestal-Bowld Music Building, the listening room includes a networked Macintosh computer with a 20-inch screen and external speakers. This equipment allows users to listen to audio recordings – either on CD or through Naxos Music Library, an online streaming music service — and view DVDs or Web content in the privacy of an enclosed, sound-proof area, removed from the traffic of the Music Library.

A special feature of the listening room computer is its ability to build and manage playlists with iTunes, the digital jukebox included on all Macintosh computers. A playlist is a collection of audio tracks stored in a single file folder and assigned a descriptive title (i.e. “Debussy Preludes”). By creating playlists, students and teachers are able to share recorded music from different sources without the need for physical CDs.

For students, the listening room is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm (when the Music Librarian is on duty) and at other times with the permission of a Music Department faculty member.