The Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus, directed by Beth Willer, will perform my El Paso de la Siguiriya, a flamenco-inflected setting for women’s voices of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca.

The concert will take place on Friday, April 13, at 8:00pm in Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall.

The Women’s Chorus will join the Conservatory Chorale, directed by Michael McGaghie, and their combined program will also include:

SCHÜTZ: Selections from Kleine geistliche Konzerte
SCHUMANN: Romanzen
KOPPEL: Sour Grapes
ARGENTO: The Choirmaster’s Burial; Autumn (WORLD PREMIERE)
BARBER: Sure on this shining night; A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map; Heaven-Haven
CORIGLIANO: Fern Hill


On Wednesday,February 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m, the Furman University Percussion Ensemble (Omar Carmenates, Director), will reprise their performance of my
Twisting Magnetic Spins (percussion quartet: vibraphone, timpani, brake drums, gongs, cymbals, etc.) The ensemble gave an excellent performance of the piece last month as part of UCF and CF2′s Collide Festival. This performance will take place in Furman’s Daniel Recital Hall, in Greenville, South Carolina.

On January 28, 2012 at 8:00 p.m, the Central Florida Composers Forum (CF2), together with Furman University Percussion Ensemble (Omar Carmenates, Director), UCF Percussion Ensemble (Thad Anderson, Director) and KnightWinds Ensemble (Dr. Nora Lee Garcia-Valazquez, Director) will come together to perform an array of works by Central Florida Composers.

Robert Raines – A Quickening (Concerto for Flutes and Percussion)
Christopher Marshall – Birds of a Feather
Thad Anderson – Lines: Withheld (percussion quartet for tuned metals)
Charles GriffinThe Persistence of Past Chemistries (percussion quartet: marimba,xylophone, log drums, cajon, caxxixxi, claves)
Charles GriffinTwisting Magnetic Spins (percussion quartet: vibraphone, timpani, brake drums, gongs, cymbals, etc.)
Two UCF student composers works will be presented.

DEPARTMENT CONTACT:

All events will take place in the UCF Rehearsal Hall Auditorium.
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
407-823-2869
thad@mail.ucf.edu

The Riga Saxophone Quartet, comprised of Artis Sīmanis, Ainārs Šablovskis, Arvīds Kazlausks, and Gints Pabērzs, is including my Panta Rei in performances in Italy, the Netherlands and Latvia in November, along with works by J.S. Bach, Rihards Dubra, Nick Gotham, György Ligeti, Russell Peck, Antonio Vivaldi and others.

Their concert appearances in November include:

    November 7 at 6PM: Conservatory of Udine, Udine Italy;
    November 9 at 8:30PM: Tartini Conservatory, Trieste, Italy;
    November 15 at 6PM, Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Netherlands;
    November 30 at 6PM, The Promenade Hotel in Liepaja, Latvia

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I gave an hour-long presentation at the 2011 National Conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) yesterday in Richmond, Virginia. The title of my presentation was Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Interaction and Teaching Music Online. I spoke of ways to maximize the ways we use software tools such as Sibelius, Logic, Quicktime, iChat, Adobe Acrobat Pro and Screenflow to both assess student performance and provide instructor feedback. I spoke about Web 2.0 fatigue on both sides of the pedagogical equation and criteria I adopted to make decisions about which tools to choose for my own teaching.

I then spoke about the Web 2.0 tools I use specifically (Diigo, Soundcloud, Spotify, Issuu) and how I integrate them both visually and practically into assignments and tests. One particularly interesting way to take advantage of the portability (via widgets and embed codes) of these various tools is to use them in tests created using Google Forms.

It is possible to to tie these tools together by accessing the source code of a test you create using Google Forms and bringing that into an HTML editor. Once there you can insert embedded videos, images, PDFs, or any other media you like, and have the questions you ask in your test refer to the embedded items. Finally, I spoke about the importance of keeping in mind the visual impact of the way we deliver content online and how critical it is to student focus to keep that information clear and organized.

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The short film Hold the Mayo is enjoying a flurry of screenings at U.S. & International film festivals, and now is enjoying screenings at 4 festivals in a 3 week period.


Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
October 22: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Warehouse 21
1614 Paseo de Peralta
(505) 989-4423


The Knoxville Horror Film Festival
October 22: Knoxville, Tennessee
Relix Variety Theatre
1208 N Central
(865) 474-1017


The New Orleans Horror Film Festival
October 28: New Orleans, Louisiana
Inn on Bourbon Hotel
541 Bourbon Street
(504) 524-7611


The Valley Film Festival
November 12: Sherman Oaks, California
CAP Theatre
13752 Ventura Blvd
(818) 990-2001

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Jeffrey Williams
CAST: Saul Herckis, Damian Samuels
ORIGINAL SCORE: Charles Griffin

Sam is a beleaguered sandwich store clerk who is having a very bad day. Then he has a life-altering encounter with Frank – a force of nature who believes the customer is always right. Horribly, horribly right. A gruesome comedy-horror about words that cannot be unspoken, and sandwiches that cannot be unmade. Profound philosophical questions lead to graphic consequences, all centered around the world’s most foul condiment.

This is my second collaboration with Jeffrey Williams.

My multimedia piece, Emergence, for Flute Quartet, Electronics and Video Projection will receive its Swedish premiere on October 15 at 6PM, at Mariestads stadsbibliotek,
Drottninggatan 12, in Mariestad, Western Sweden. The concert will be preceded by a workshop using two of the movements from the piece to teach improvisation.

The performers for the concert are Forty fingers: Anna Svensdotter, Ann Elkjär, Jill Widén and Tora Stenar.

Program:
Kaija Saariaho (1952): Laconisme de l’aile
Yoshihisa Taïra (1937-2005): Fu-Mon
Mirjam Tally (1976): Last year’s sun still glitters in the drop of water
Charles Griffin (1968): Emergence

The University of Central Florida Percussion Ensemble, directed by Thad Anderson, will perform my quartet, The Persistence of Past Chemistries on their Fall Concert, on October 15 at 8PM.

On October 10 I will visit UCF and give a talk to the composition students there.

The short film Hold the Mayo is enjoying a flurry of screenings at U.S. & International film festivals, and now its enjoying its Chicago premiere. The Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest 2011 will screen our short at the Columbia College Film Row Cinema: 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Jeffrey Williams
CAST: Saul Herckis, Damian Samuels
ORIGINAL SCORE: Charles Griffin

Sam is a beleaguered sandwich store clerk who is having a very bad day. Then he has a life-altering encounter with Frank – a force of nature who believes the customer is always right. Horribly, horribly right. A gruesome comedy-horror about words that cannot be unspoken, and sandwiches that cannot be unmade. Profound philosophical questions lead to graphic consequences, all centered around the world’s most foul condiment.

This is my second collaboration with Jeffrey Williams.

The short film Hold the Mayo is enjoying a flurry of screenings at U.S. film festivals, but now its enjoying an Australian premiere. The Sydney Underground Film Festival 2011 will screen our short at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Jeffrey Williams
CAST: Saul Herckis, Damian Samuels
ORIGINAL SCORE: Charles Griffin

Sam is a beleaguered sandwich store clerk who is having a very bad day. Then he has a life-altering encounter with Frank – a force of nature who believes the customer is always right. Horribly, horribly right. A gruesome comedy-horror about words that cannot be unspoken, and sandwiches that cannot be unmade. Profound philosophical questions lead to graphic consequences, all centered around the world’s most foul condiment.

This is my second collaboration with Jeffrey Williams.