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Sculpting Silence

Time: Sept. 22, 2019, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

Tania León (Brooklyn College)
Roberto Sierra (Cornell University)
Ryan Chase (Colgate)
Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge-Munsee Community)
Douglas Quin (Newhouse, Syracuse University)

Society for New Music and Newhouse collaborate in presenting this performance of music.

On the program:

  • Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra’s “Near to the End” speaks to what happens if we remain silent about climate change.
  • NYS composer Ryan Chase’s “Preludes for a Silent World” deals with end time/death in pop songs from 1938 – 2009 (Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Britt Nicole, The Platters, Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal).
  • Syracuse University Newhouse Professor Douglas Quin’s soundscapes capture sounds from Antarctica, the quietest place on the planet, where music is made by Weddell seals beneath the ice.
  • Mohican composer Brent Michael Davids’ “Sanctus” from his “Requiem for America” speaks to the
    ‘silencing’ of the indigenous population of this continent.
  • Cuban-born composer Tania Leon’s “Arenas d’un Tiempo” gives voice via contrasting melodic lines to the constantly reforming patterns of sand on the beach.

This performance, part of Syracuse Symposium’s year-long series on ‘silence,’ is free to Syracuse University students, staff and faculty with valid I.D.

Neva Pilgrim, Society for New Music