Category Archives: CU Community Performances

4th annual Sound Art in the Library event! Friday, 10/19, 6-8pm, Music & Arts Library


MFA Sound Art in the Library
Friday, Oct. 19th, 6-8pm
Music & Arts Library,
701 Dodge

The students of the MFA Sound Art program, and the Music & Arts Library present a night of engaging site-specific installations, performances and more, situated in the spaces of the Library.

Drop in to check out the work!

Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to Columbia and Barnard students, staff and faculty.

Questions? Contact

“A Not So Quiet Space”: Sound Art in the Music & Arts Library, Fri 10/21, 6-8pm

The Music & Arts Library and the Sound Arts MFA Program cordially invite you to “A Not So Quiet Space”, featuring work by the current students in the program, utilizing the space of the Music & Arts Library for temporary installations and performances.
Come join us for some interesting sounds and experiences!
Friday, 10/21, from 6-8pm, in the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge.
(CUID required or contact to RSVP).

Click this link for the full poster (PDF): soundartsevent2016-finalposter


New and upcoming, for the Fall 2016 semester

  • Music faculty Ellie Hisama and Elaine Sisman will participate at the IRWGS “Feminist to the Core” series event “Sexual Violence Onstage: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni“, on Monday, Oct.24, from 4:10-6pm, in 203 Butler Library. Don Giovanni will also be a featured opera for Music Humanities sections this fall. DVDs of several different productions are on Reserve in the Music & Arts Library to support these classes.feminist-to-the-core-opera
  • Undergraduate student Kira Daglio Fine, saxophonist and leader of the Columbia University Big Band, is working with Duke Ellington materials from his Such Sweet Thunder, from the Mark Tucker Collection, in order to prepare an arrangement for performance in Spring 2017. She’s re-working her arrangement into digital music notation. She’s offered to guest-post in the future to our blog about the experience of working with these materials, as her work progresses. We’re excited! ellingtonsuchsweetthunder-tuckercollection

Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound – May 3, 9am-6pm

The Dept. of Music co-sponsors this interesting interdisciplinary event, on Friday, May 3, from 9am-6pm, as part of the University Seminar on Medieval Studies. Prof. Susan Boynton, from the Music Dept. faculty, will present opening remarks.

From the event page:

“Although sound is probably the most difficult component of the past to reconstruct, it was also the most pervasive, whether planned or unplanned, instrumental or vocal, occasional or ambient. This conference brings together specialists in several fields to explore the now-missing intersection of visual and aural in the experience of medieval environments and objects.”

Distinguished speakers from several institutions will present a fascinating and varied program. Full details are available at this link (note that registration is required for the conference, although it is free).

There will be an associated concert by members of Columbia’s Collegium Musicum, and others, of Byzantine and Latin chant, performed in the Burke Library, on Saturday, May 4, at 3pm. Details on the concert can be found here.

Both the conference and the concert are free and open to the public.

Thu 3/14, 6:30pm – “Music under the Medici in Renaissance Florence” (TONIGHT!)

On Thursday March 14th, at 6:30pm, Columbia Music Dept. Professor Giuseppe Gerbino will take part in the event “Music under the Medici in Renaissance Florence“, at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011.

The event will feature newly reconstructed music for Carnival Songs by Lorenzo de’ Medici.

Prof. Gerbino will be joined by Jane Tylus (NYU), Patrick Macey (Eastman School of Music), and voice students from the Eastman School of Music.

This event is part of the ongoing series Recitar Cantando – Conversations on Italian Music and Literature.


Columbia Composers featured at Roulette, Wed 12/12/12

Columbia Composers will be in the spotlight on Wed 12/12/12 (it must be destiny!) at a FREE concert at Roulette in the fine old borough of Brooklyn. Full details of the program are available here:

Come out for a night of exciting new music, with performers including the Mivos Quartet.

Columbia’s Collegium Musicum, in concert Wed 12/5 at 8pm at St. Paul’s Chapel

Columbia’s first-rate vocal ensemble Collegium Musicum presents a concert on Wednesday, Dec 5, at 8pm, in St. Paul’s Chapel on the Morningside campus of Columbia University.

The concert will feature works by Byrd, Josquin, Brahms, and Debussy. Full program details are available on their web site.

The concert is FREE and open to the public. Take a break and refresh yourself with some beautiful vocal art!

Free Opera at the Burke Library! Opera Feroce, “Amor & Psyche”, Mon 11/11/12

Opera Feroce presents Amor & Psyche, a “Baroque opera pastiche”, on Monday Nov. 11, at 6pm, in the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary.  Running time is 90 minutes (with intermission).

DIRECTIONS: Enter at Union Theological Seminary entrance on 121st and Broadway.  Burke Library, 3rd Floor Reading Room.

For information or questions, please contact Anthony J. Elia, Public Services Librarian at

RSVP preferred but not necessary.

A review of a past performance can be read at this link on the New York Times site.

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 is Brazilian World Music Day!

Join the Archive of Contemporary Music (ARC) in celebrating Brazilian World Music Day on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

Resources on popular Brazilian music in all forms have been contributed by participants from around the world, to build what ARC describes as “a free, permanently available, online database of Brazilian recordings and their locations around the world.”

The site lists events and performances, as well, which are being held in association with Brazilian World Music Day, or feature Brazilian music.

Check out the website’s YouTube channel, for hours of Brazilian musical enjoyment!

There is an exhibition featuring the music of Brazil, including recordings, books, scores, and ephemera from our collections, on display in the main exhibition case of the Music & Arts Library (701 Dodge).  All of the featured recordings are available for listening in the Library. A research guide on Brazilian music prepared by library intern John Kroondyck, working with Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian Sean Knowlton, is available at:

And, stay tuned! because WKCR will be featuring 12 hours of Brazilian music, to be broadcast on Friday, Sept. 7th, 2012, beginning at 1pm. The broadcast will feature several live performances on-air.

Also in conjunction with the event, Prof. Aaron Fox, from Columbia’s Music Department, will join other participants at a symposium on “Whose Music Is It, Anyway?: The Politics of Property and Archives in Brazil, the Americas, and at Columbia“.   It will be held at the Casa Hispanica on Sept. 28, 3-5pm

Put a little samba in your step with Brazilian World Music Day!

counter)induction Plays Columbia Composers – Friday May 11, 8pm, Lerner (Free!)

  New music ensemble counter)induction will play works by undergraduate Columbia composers, this Friday, May 11th, 2012, at 8pm in 555 Lerner Hall. Works by Shawn Broukhim, David Halpern, Solomon Hoffman, Ian Marsanyi, Raphael Peterson, Christopher Pitsiokos, Jacob Snider, Sam Yulsman, Wu Guanqing will be performed.

Celebrate the end of the semester with some adventurous new music by your fellow Columbians!