Silk Road Ensemble Residency
The Music Department had a wonderful time hosting the Silk Road Ensemble as featured guest artists of the 2017 New Music Festival. Supported with generous funds from the College of Arts & Sciences Frank Sinatra Chair, the residency included workshops, class visits, forums and rehearsals, and culminated with a concert on February 3rd, 2017. The ensemble will be back for a second visit during the first week of May. Stay tuned for more details about the various planned concerts and activities. In the meantime, check out this review from the Santa Clara Weekly with the highlights from their recent visit.
Washington School Outreach
Silk Road Ensemble member Cristina Pato visited the Washington School while here at SCU for the New Music Festival. She shared her enthusiasm for music with students and introduced them to the Galician bagpipes.
"Wow! That was the best assembly I ever [attended]. Thank you for coming!""It was very interesting because I had never seen a bagpipe...it was an awesome experience.""One interesting thing was that in Spain they play the bagpipes and I never knew [that].""Cristina said that men were the ones who played the bagpipes but her family owned a set of bagpipes and all of the women of the family learned how to play it."
Frank Sinatra Chair
The Frank Sinatra Chair in Music and Theatre Arts was established in 1980 with initial funds from the proceeds of the 14th Annual Golden Circle Theatre Party, of which Frank Sinatra was the headliner. This year we are hosting both a Scholar-Artist-in-Residence and Artists-in-Residence who will be on campus to work with our students and perform throughout the year.
Ms. Smith will spend time on campus with our students, faculty, and the community for each of the three quarters beginning next fall. Her Residency will culminate in a winter quarter artistic production by our students, that she will oversee and help direct. Along with public lectures and other activities while on campus, Ms. Smith will also engage photography and creative writing students in her process, culminating in a spring quarter exhibition in de Saisset Museum.
Artists from Silk Road will also spend time on our campus with our students, faculty, and the community throughout the year, culminating in a formal concert, as well as Music at Noon appearances.