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Composer Caroline Shaw Residency at Carleton College

April 11, 2019 - April 13, 2019


Guest Lecture
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
5:30 – 6:45 pm / Weitz Cinema

Carleton welcomes vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer Caroline Shaw to present on her work and career, and to answer your questions in an informal talk and conversation.

Friday, April 12th, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm / Kracum Performance Hall

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Caroline Shaw perform her own work, and Carleton faculty perform from her repertoire of string quartets.

Saturday, April 13th, 2019
11:00 am – 1:00 pm / Kracum Performance Hall

Hear Caroline Shaw in conversation with Carleton student composers, as they present original compositions for her feedback and critique.

Caroline Adelaide Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member.

Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Dover Quartet, TENET, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, and Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry.

The 2018-19 season will see premieres by pianist Jonathan Biss with the Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, and Juilliard 415. Caroline’s film scores include Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline as well as the upcoming short 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Once she got to sing in three part harmony with Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center, and that was pretty much the bees’ knees and elbows.

Caroline has studied at Rice, Yale, and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. She has held residencies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Banff Centre, Music on Main, and the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.


April 11, 2019
April 13, 2019
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