Koblik leads Annapolis GroupPresident Steven Koblik is the new chairman of the Annapolis Group, an association of the nation's leading residential colleges of the liberal arts and sciences. One of the group's primary goals is to insert the perspective and values of schools such as Reed into the national public policy debate about the future of American higher education. To that end, the Annapolis Group and the Aspen Institute convened a small group of Annapolis Group college presidents, business leaders, and media executives early this fall to discuss "What's Quality Got To Do With It?-Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in the 21st Century." The two-and-a-half day meeting in Aspen, Colorado, examined the residential liberal arts college in a rapidly changing environment that includes an expanding market of post-secondary educational demands and new technologies that support distance education.
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Schiff debuts work about New YorkNew York Nocturnes, a new composition by David Schiff, R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music, received its world premiere this summer at Chamber Music Northwest. Oregonian critic David Stabler wrote that the piece "offered jazz through a classical prism" and noted its extended references, restless rhythm, and melody, and Schiff's "signature adrenaline." Stabler wrote that "In the gorgeous last movement Schiff evokes a hazy Manhattan dawn after a night out. The pianist plays a slow Ravellian tune while the strings still the atmosphere with high, static notes."
"All of my music is a form of autobiography," said Schiff. "New York Nocturnes recalls the excitement of coming of age in a great city. The first (Restless), third (Five Spot), and fourth movements (Gray Dawn) evoke New York in the late '60s and early '70s with a jazz-influenced style. The second movement (Le Tombeau de Cole Porter) jumps back a generation and is in a Broadway idiom. I imagine itas depicting a fancy Manhattan party around 1935. At the very end, the music hints at the struggles going on outside with phrases from the Yiddish song known in English as `Nothing' and from the `Internationale.'"
Among Schiff's recent compositions are 4 Sisters (a concerto for jazz violin and orchestra), Vashti (a retelling of the Book of Esther), and Low Life (a suite for bass trombone and jazz ensemble). A prolific composer and music critic, he has published books on George Gershwin and Eliott Carter, and his works of music criticism appear often in the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly.