A symposium on and concert of music by Judith Shatin, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emerita at UVA celebrates her contributions in acoustic, electroacoustic and digital media during her 39 years on the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music. First trained as an acoustic composer, she was an early adopter of digital technologies, founding the Virginia Center for Computer Music in 1987-88 and establishing both undergraduate and graduate curricula combining acoustic and digital music. The symposium features Denise Von Glahn, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University as well as two of Shatin’s PhD advisees. These include Steven Kemper, now Assistant Professor at Rutgers University and Juraj Kojs, Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. In addition, Shatin will join all three for a panel discussing her work.
The concert, on April 6 at 8:00 p.m. in Old Cabell Auditorium, features members of UVA’s outstanding performance faculty as well as three guest artists. These include the noted bass singer David Salsbery Fry, distinguished pianist Gayle Martin, and rising mezzo Jennifer Beattie. Co-sponsored by Jewish Studies the program includes Vayter un Vayter, a setting of 3 poems by Abraham Sutzkever in the original Yiddish, inspired as well as music inspired by nature, literature and the world around us.