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Talking Music: A Conversation with Edgar Meyer

April 15th, 2016
3:00 PM

  Archived

Friday, April 15, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Acclaimed bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, praised by The New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument," arrives in Durham to perform his String Quintet, encompassing bluegrass, jazz, and classical styles, as featured guest with Duke's Ciompi Quartet on their 50th Anniversary concert. The day prior, Duke's Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations, Michael Schoenfeld, a former colleague of Meyer's at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, chats with Meyer on his music and wide-ranging career.

A part of Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writers, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars & Publics. This installment in the series is also co-sponsored by the Ciompi Quartet.

Edgar Meyer

Curtis Institute of Music

Edgar Meyer began studying bass at the age of five. In 1994 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000 became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. As a solo classical bassist, Meyer can be heard on a concerto album with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff featuring Bottesini’s Gran Duo with Joshua Bell, Meyer’s own Double Concerto for Bass and Cello with Yo-Yo Ma, Bottesini’s Bass Concerto No. 2, and Meyer’s own Concerto in D for Bass. In 2006, he released a self-titled solo recording on which he wrote and recorded all of the music, incorporating piano, guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, gamba, and double bass. In 2011 Meyer joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan for the Sony Masterworks recording “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” which was awarded the 2012 Grammy® Award for Best Folk Album.

Meyer's longtime collaboration with fellow MacArthur Award recipient Chris Thile continues in 2014 with the release on Nonesuch Records a recording of all new original material by the two genre bending artists, a follow up to their very successful 2008 cd/dvd on Nonesuch. The latter collaborated for the 1996 Appalachia Waltz release which soared to the top of the charts and remained there for 16 weeks. Appalachia Waltz toured extensively in the U.S., and the trio was featured both on the David Letterman Show and the televised 1997 Inaugural Gala. Joining together again in 2000, the trio toured Europe, Asia and the US extensively and recorded a follow up recording to Appalachia Waltz, Appalachian Journey, which was honored with a Grammy® Award.

Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Double Bass at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Michael Schoenfeld

Duke University

Michael J. Schoenfeld, Vice President of Duke's Public Affairs and Government Relations, oversees communications and advocacy for the university and medical center, the university’s Washington, DC, center, and serves as Duke’s chief spokesperson. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Sanford School of Public Policy, where he teaches a course on media and politics. As the chief external affairs strategist, he directs the Duke’s efforts to connect with local, regional, national and global audiences, represents the university before a wide range of constituencies, and oversees crisis and issues management. Schoenfeld is also co-founder and chairman of Futurity (www.futurity.org), a multimedia consortium of more than 60 leading research universities from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

Previously, Schoenfeld was senior vice president for policy and public affairs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Washington, D.C.  He also held reporting and leadership positions at the Voice of America, including news and sports anchor, Congressional liaison officer, executive assistant and chief of staff to the director, and served as the first director of program development at Worldnet, the United States Information Agency’s global satellite television network.

Schoenfeld is a member of The Seminar, a group of senior public relations executives from the leading corporations and nonprofit organizations, a member of the board of trustees of Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE), and chairman the Public Issues Committee of the Consortium on Financing of Higher Education (COFHE). A 1984 Duke graduate, Schoenfeld received a master’s degree in public policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1986.