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May
2013

In News

By joel

Almost there: the 2013 Klein International String Competition

On 22, May 2013 | In News | By joel

We’re almost there: 3 weeks until the Klein Competition!  The participants have my  three new commissioned solo string pieces.  Three very different, but technically comparable works: Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle (violin), When The World Disintegrates Before Your Eyes (viola), and Triptych: Dark Waters, Parting, and Arriving Home (cello).   Each contestant is required to perform the pieces for the semi-final round.  The finalists have a choice to include my work on their finals program the next day.  The semi-finals are Saturday, June 8th and the finals Sunday, June 9th at San Francisco State.  For more details see: Klein Competition Timeline

19

Feb
2013

In News

By joel

The ripple effect in action, or what teachers seldom hear but love to know

On 19, Feb 2013 | In News | By joel

When I taught at Seton Hall University I had a really interesting student named Timothy Hester.  When Tim graduated I do remember him saying how he enjoyed my courses.  Little did I know that years later our paths would cross once more.  Recently Tim contacted me to let me know about a posting on his blog Harvey Millican: Raising Your Kids Without Lowering Your IQ.  I Read it and found myself  speechless.  We never really know the impact we might have on our students.  But, once in a while we are lucky enough to find out.  http://wp.me/s10sPo-5095

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31

Jan
2013

In News

By joel

Heading Back East!

On 31, Jan 2013 | In News | By joel

I’m very excited to announce that my family is moving back to the East coast, Washington D.C. to be specific.  My wife, Jenny Bilfield, is the new President and CEO of the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS).  Jenny will start April 1st and Hallie and I will join later.   Meanwhile, I have a number of projects in the pipeline and will look forward to reconnecting friends and colleagues on the East coast network.  Washington Post article

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18

Dec
2012

In News

By joel

Commission for the 2013 Klein International String Competition

On 18, Dec 2012 | In News | By joel

Joel has been commissioned to write a series of solo string pieces for the 2013 Irving M. Klein International String Competition.  Founded in 1985, the Klein Competition is a premier competition for emerging string players.   Past winners have included violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Jennifer Koh, and cellist Joshua Roman.  Semi-finalists will present Friedman’s commissioned work June 8, 2013.

The Klein commission

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13

Dec
2012

In News

By joel

The Anatomy Of the Musical

On 13, Dec 2012 | In News | By joel

Leonard Bernstein rehearses West Side Story with Stephen Sondheim at the piano.

Joel offers a unique “insider’s perspective” on the art, craft, and history of the musical. Works include classics such as Show Boat, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Company,  and  A Chorus Line, with recent musicals like Rent, and Hedwig and The Angry Inch. The various constituent parts – book, score, lyrics, choreography, and direction – are dissected illustrating how they are employed to tell the story, propel the plot, and develop character. If you’ve ever wondered how a musical actually works then this is the course for you.

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12

Dec
2012

In News

By joel

Revolution: The Music of The Beatles

On 12, Dec 2012 | In News | By joel

Joel offers a clear-eyed assessment of The Beatles’ work and career as they developed from a local cover band to arguably some of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Seen from the unique perspective of a composer, Joel focuses on the key differentiator that sets the band apart: its creative output. History, analysis, influences, outtakes, technology. It’s all there.

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21

Nov
2012

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By admin

Fallings – Work in Progress

On 21, Nov 2012 | In News | By admin

A multi-media chamber music theater piece residing in the realm between opera and musical theater, written in collaboration with librettist Seth Friedman. We are heading back to the Montalvo Arts Center in September 2013 to continue work.

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21

Nov
2012

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By admin

Joel on the Auction Block

On 21, Nov 2012 | In News | By admin

Joel recently donated a night of fun and learning about one of the world’s greatest music and pop culture phenomena, The Beatles, to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation for their 7th annual Simply the Best Gala.

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21

Nov
2012

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By admin

Interview with Frank Oteri

On 21, Nov 2012 | In News | By admin

Frank J. Oteri (editor of New Music USA’s New Music Box, well known new music writer, and composer) had the opportunity to speak with Joel about his work, philosophy and life.

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