I’m afraid we may be teaching our composition students that new music is cool.

Saturday night, the PRISM Quartet performed here (more about their residency later). As I wrote last time, nu performed here last Tuesday (CVNC review here). And, as I wrote here and here, the previous week we had the Philidor Percussion Group and a faculty voice recital (CVNC reviews here and here).

Two weeks, four concerts – and five premieres. The only concert that didn’t feature a premiere was the contemporary ensemble concert.

Each concert generated a lot of buzz, featured provocative juxtapositions, played to a large, enthusiastic crowd, and left everyone with lots to talk about and ponder afterwards.

Are we giving our students a false impression? Certainly nobody ran the risk of making me think new music was cool when I was a student.

But then, maybe we’re not misleading anyone. Maybe things have really changed.

Sure feels that way.

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