MISSOULA – The chief music critic of The New York Times included a University of Montana dean’s performance at Carnegie Hall in his list of the best classical music events of 2014.
Stephen Kalm, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UM and a music professor, performed in the Harry Partch opera “The Wayward” on April 22 as part of a series titled “Collected Stories,” which was curated by Carnegie composer-in-residence David Lang.
“What a thrill to be included with the likes of the Berlin Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic,” Kalm said.
The New York Times published the list “Anthony Tommasini’s 10 Best Classical Music Events of 2014” on Dec. 11. As one of the 10 performances, Tommasini described Lang’s series of six programs as “imaginative” and said each program explored different ways composers have used music to tell tales.
“I’m cheating a bit by singling out two programs,” Tommasini wrote. “The first, ‘Hero,’ paired the singer Benjamin Bagby’s version of the Anglo-Saxon epic ‘Beowulf’ with a rare staging of Harry Partch’s genre-defying opera ‘The Wayward’ about hobos.”
“Last April, I had the opportunity to perform with some of America’s finest musicians in the nation’s most prestigious venue,” Kalm said. “‘The Wayward’ is a complex and riveting set of four operas that marry the sublime and ridiculous, often moving from heartrending depictions of a hobo’s life to slapstick comedy.”
Kalm also performed at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 21, signing in an American Composers Orchestra concert of Meredith Monk’s “Night” under the direction of George Manahan.