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The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra recently featured the world premiere of Three Letters by Pulitzer Prize nominee Harold Farberman '55 '57 M.M.  This piece was commissioned by the orchestra to celebrate National Armed Forces Day as a benefit concert for the Disabled Veterans of America. Harold is the recipient of an NEC Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005 honoring his 50th reunion year.

Despite extensive training as a composer, Harold Farberman '55 '57 M.M. found his burgeoning international career as a conductor overtaking his initial pursuit. His broad repertory has consistently featured American works; his persistence in bringing the music of Charles Ives before the public resulted in his being awarded the Ives Medal and a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His achievements include the founding of both the Conductors Guild in 1975 and the Conductors Institute, the latter a training organization for young conductors. His The Art of Conducting Technique has become a widely used text. Born to a family of musicians (several of them percussionists), Farberman studied music first at home and later through a scholarship at the Juilliard School of Music. Upon graduating in 1951, he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist, the orchestra's youngest musician at the time. During his dozen years with the B.S.O., Farberman pursued a master's degree in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, devoting himself to the exploration of percussion in chamber and orchestral works. His first work, Evolution, attracted the attention of Aaron Copland and Leopold Stokowski; Copland invited Farberman to study with him at Tanglewood and Stokowski was one of four conductors to record Farberman's first piece. Farberman's quartet for winds and strings won the New England Composer's Competition in 1956 and seemed to signal a career devoted to composition. During his studies at Tanglewood, however, Farberman participated in the conducting class of Eleazar de Carvalho. By 1963, his new interest led him to resign from the B.S.O. to pursue conducting in America and abroad. Since that point, Farberman has been the music director of the Colorado Springs, Oakland, and Colorado symphonies and principal guest conductor of the Denver and Bournemouth symphonies. Among other orchestras he has conducted in live performance and on recording are the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1990, he was appointed professor of conducting studies at Hartt School of Music. He later joined the faculty at Bard College when the Conductors Institute moved there in the early 2000s. Commissions for new compositions continued during his podium and teaching years. Diamond Street, a chamber opera commissioned by the city of Hudson, NY, was premiered in 2009. Among his recordings are the four Ives symphonies, Mahler symphonies, the symphonies of Michael Haydn, and works by American composer Irwin Bazelon. Written by Erik Eriksson 2012-06-06

 

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Howard Milford Bailey, Arline R. Barthline, Elizabeth Ann Blessing, Janet Woolfolk Cardwell, Alson F. Davis, Mary Delaney, Barbara Dale Dillinger, David Anson Evans, Jacqueline Smith Heckert, Sigmund A. Hjelset, Demetra Ioannou, Percy F. Knoblock, Janet Eleanor Le Duc, Edmond Louis LeBlanc, Hobart Jefreys Myers, Helen Nunnally, Narvelle B. Oglevie, Styliani Lela Oikonomou, Colleen Beverly Phair, Mona Kuvalanka Pollici, Stanley Tkacz, Lucile Jean White.

 

2012-08-14


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