Date & Time
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 5:30pm
Engelman Recital Hall
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue
(entrance on E. 25th Street)
New York, New York
Harvey Sollberger 80th Birthday Celebration
|New Millennium Memo III (2000, 2015)||Harvey Sollberger (b. 1938)|
|Harvey Sollberger, flute|
|Life Study (1982)||Harvey Sollberger|
|Jubal Trio: Sue Ann Kahn, flute;
Susan Jolles, harp; Constance Beavon, soprano
|A Winter’s Tale (2018)||Harvey Sollberger|
|World premiere||Jayn Rosenfeld and Patricia Spencer, flutes|
|Symphony “Breath” (2016-2018)||(adapted from À même rive)||Harvey Sollberger|
Mindy Kaufman, Patricia Zuber, Ginevra Petrucci, Bärli Nugent, Stefani Starin,
|Concert curated by Patricia Spencer|
Harvey Sollberger and the New York Flute Club gratefully acknowledge
Admission: Free to NYFC members, $25 for non-members, $15 for students and seniors (65+) at the door.
Harvey Sollberger attended Marion, Iowa schools and was significantly influenced by his band director and first flute teacher, Paul W. Wright. He also studied flute in Cedar Rapids with Julia Drumm Denecke, a Barrère pupil and the first native-born New Yorker he ever met. At the University of Iowa he came under the inspiring influence of Betty Bang Mather and Edna Symonds. Arriving in New York City in 1960 to do graduate work at Columbia University, he benefitted from a year of private study with Samuel Baron. Through Baron he met and performed with other musicians, leading to what he considers the beginning of his professional career, a concert of the music of Edgard Varèse conducted by Robert Craft at Town Hall on May 1, 1961.
New York in the 1960s was an exciting place for performers and audiences seeking to hear new music. Some of Sollberger's closest flutist friends and colleagues from that time—some of whom are performing here tonight—include Paul Dunkel, David Gilbert, Thomas Nyfenger, Sue Ann Kahn, his former wife, Sophie Quest, Jayn Rosenfeld, Patricia Spencer, and John Wion. In 1962 Sollberger, Joel Krosnik, and Charles Wuorinen formed the Group for Contemporary Music, which performed, recorded, and toured for many years. He taught at Columbia University from 1965 to 1982 and at the Manhattan School of Music from 1972 to 1982. Throughout his teaching career, the bulk of his activity centered on forming and directing student and faculty new music groups, such as the Contemporary Ensemble he led at the Manhattan School of Music.
In 1983 Sollberger accepted a professorship at the Indiana University School of Music, where he taught composition and directed the school's New Music Ensemble. In 1992 he moved to the University of California, San Diego, where he led the faculty-student new music ensemble SONOR and was music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. In June 2008, he retired from teaching with the title of UCSD Distinguished Professor Emeritus and moved back home to northeast Iowa, where he and his wife, Marla, live in the small town of Strawberry Point. With "retirement" came many more opportunities to compose and perform, culminating with the honor of receiving the National Flute Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, portrait concerts of his music in Paris in 2016 and 2017, and release of The White Labyrinth: Harvey Sollberger at Eighty (Albany), a CD of his flute music spanning 1958 to 2015.
Another of Sollberger’s interests has been the study of Italian language and literature, topped off by many visits to and performances in Italy, where he was resident composer at the American Academy in Rome in 1989. He has translated several works from Italian, most recently the autobiography of the Italian flutist Severino Gazzelloni.