World premiere of Symphony No. 4 by Hubert Howe, and other (mostly) premieres March 15th at Queens College 8pm


Mar 15 2013 - 8:00pm

Hubert HoweHubert HoweRaoul PleskowRaoul PleskowRichard BrooksRichard BrooksHubert Howe and Friends – A concert of (mostly) premieres

This hurricane-postponed concert will now take place on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM at LeFrak Concert Hall on the campus of Queens College, Kissena Blvd. At the Long Island Expressway (65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing NY 11367).  Admission is free.  For more information, call 718-997-3800.

The program will include world premieres of Symphony No. 4 and Scene for solo clarinet by Hubert Howe, as well as Maestro Hsu: His Pavane, His Fantasy and His Elegy by Raoul Pleskow, and Sweet Betsy, A Fantasy on an American Folk Song by Richard Brooks, and Crux for ensemble and dancers by Jonathan Howard Katz.

Performers for the concert feature the New York Edge Ensemble conducted by Ben Arendsen, Aiko Imaziumi, piano, and choreographer Leigh Schanfein.

HUBERT S. HOWE, JR. was born in Portland, Oregon in 1942 and grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he began his musical studies as an oboist. He was educated at Princeton University , where he studied with J. K. Randall, Godfrey Winham and Milton Babbitt, and from which he received the A.B., M.F.A.

and Ph.D. degrees. He was one of the first researchers in computer music, and became Professor of Music and Director of the Electronic Music studios at Queens College of the City University of New York. He also taught at the Juilliard School from 1974 through 1994. In 1988-89 he held the Endowed Chair in Music at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. From 1989 to 1998 and 2000 to 2001 he was Director of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.

RAOUL PLESKOW was born in 1931 in Vienna, Austria and educated in New York City. His principal teachers in composition were Karol Rathaus, Otto Luening, and Stefan Wolpe. He has been recipient of many honors, the most recent of which include awards by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

RICHARD BROOKS (b. 1942) is a native of upstate New York and holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College, an M.A. in Composition from Binghamton University and a Ph. D. in Composition from New York University.  From 1975-2004 he was on the music faculty of Nassau Community College where he was Professor and Department Chair for 22 years. From 1977 to 1982 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Society of University Composers (now the Society of Composers, Inc.) on which he continues to serve as the Producer of the SCI Compact Disk Series.