duo runedako

Piano Plus Electronics: Tradition Meets Technology

Monday, October 8, 8:00 pm
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Duo runedako is dedicated to exploring and expanding the repertoire for multiple keyboard instruments. Pianists Ruth Neville and Daniel Koppelman present a wide spectrum of concert music, from traditional literature for two pianos and piano four-hands to interactive works for electronics and computer. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary music and pulling from classical, jazz, and electroacoustic traditions, duo runedako often blurs the lines between musical styles, widening audience appreciation for art music of the 21st century. "Engaging, intelligent and unpretentious" - Keyboard Magazine.

The concert features two new pieces by Music Department Chair Peter Hamlin. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Tkach, Silverstein, Hamlin, Middlebury College Composers


When Nicholas Tkach takes the stage to perform his new piano concerto, it will be the culmination of many months of hard work. “On average, I think I spent about an hour for each measure of music” says the Middlebury College senior, a double major in music and math from Little Silver, New Jersey. With the composition completed, Tkach is still practicing the devilishly difficult piano part.

“It’s a huge task to write a piece for orchestra, let alone a concerto in which the composer is also the soloist,” notes Tkach’s teacher, music department chair and Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music at Middlebury, Peter Hamlin. Tkach’s new work and a Requiem for choir and orchestra by another Middlebury senior, Noah Silverstein, “have really taken shape beautifully. It’s been a thrill for me as their teacher to have this ringside seat for observing creativity.”

Silverstein, a double major in music and neuroscience from Hyde Park, Vermont, has written a setting of the traditional Latin Requiem Mass that “draws on a wide range of styles, traditions, and ideas.”  Silverstein, like Tkach, devoted a significant amount of time to creating the piece but also notes that “sometimes I would look up at the clock and realize that I had been sitting at my computer working on the score for three hours without realizing it had been so long.”

Hamlin will also have a work on the program, a piece for string orchestra and harp called Manitou Rising that he composed several years ago.

The concert will be conducted by Andrew Massey, in his second season as director of the Middlebury College Orchestra.

For further information, please contact Peter Hamlin at phamlin@middlebury.edu or the music department at 80-443-5221.


Peter Hamlin

Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music

 Mon. 10-11; Wed. 1-2; by appt.
 Mahaney Center for the Arts 315