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    • Thu, October 26, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom

    Grainger Reimagined explores the ways in which Grainger’s outputs as composer, arranger, and performer have been recast in the contemporary moment. Such reimaginings as Alright Jack, Home Service’s folk rock version of Lincolnshire Posy, George Shearing and Mel Tormé’s lounge jazz-inflected performance of Brigg Fair, and experimental composer Jon Rose’s Perks and Skeleton in the Museum have all continued to facilitate the crossing of musical borders, enabling and promoting cross-genre music making, and acting as a refreshing alternative to prevailing musical discourses.

    Each of the three online presentations in the series is given by leading musical practitioners who will explores their individual responses to Grainger’s influence in the fields of arrangement, performance and composition. Further information abut the series can be found here.

    The first presentation in the series is given by Chalon Ragsdale, Professor of Percussion at the University of Arkansas. Of this presentation, Reimagining Grainger Through Arrangement, Professor Ragsdale writes:

    “Grainger’s life’s work was a consistent theme of a search for freedom – freedom for himself as a performer and composer, and freedom from convention. His pioneering spirit and extensive writing on 'the manifest nature of music' is a study in itself. In this presentation for the Percy Grainger Society I will attempt to use Grainger’s words to provide insights and advice on arranging his music as well as his advice on arranging music in general.”

    Chalon Ragsdale is University Professor of Percussion at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and owner of Aux Arcs Music, a publishing firm responsible for some 30 editions of the music of Percy Grainger for wind band and Percussion Ensemble. His arrangements have been performed widely in the United States, and for international audiences in Japan, Australia, and across Europe, and are distributed by C. Alan Publications and Southern Music Company.

    Professor Ragsdale has presented on the life and music of Percy Grainger for the Midwest Clinic, the College Band Directors National Association, for the Japan Grainger Festival in Tokyo, and three times for the Grainger Museum in Melbourne. In 2003, he was awarded the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society for his “contributions to the music of Percy Grainger.”

    • Sun, November 19, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601

    Come view our new exhibit! Meet the curators! Discover how the Percy Grainger Home and Studio functioned as a creative workshop!

    The exhibition, Tone, Rhythm, Pitch: Exploring Percy Grainger’s Free Music, introduces Grainger’s work in Free Music and demonstrates, through objects, images and text, how the White Plains home was an active creative work space.

    After a short overview, visitors will be free to view the exhibition at their own pace and tour the first floor of the historic home. The curators, Anne Ocone and Stewart Lee,  will be available to answer questions and elaborate on how the exhibit developed.

    The event is free and open to the public. Due to space limitations, registration is encouraged.

    For Percy Grainger, Free Music drew its inspiration from nature and was music free from the constraints of conventional rhythm and individual pitch. From an early age, he imagined music that would glide continuously across the pitch spectrum, without the need for metrical rhythms and, ultimately, without the need for a performer; the composers’ ideas would be translated directly into sound. Elements of Free Music can be found in much of Grainger’s instrumental and vocal compositions, where the use of sliding notes and irregular rhythms often feature.

    Percy Grainger occupied the house at 7 Cromwell Place from 1921 until his death in 1961, using it as his home base for his world tours, practice studio and laboratory for his avant-garde musical compositions and experimental music machines. After Percy Grainger’s death in 1961, his widow Ella continued to live in the house until her passing in 1979. This historic house, built in 1893, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April of 1993.

Past events

Sun, September 17, 2023 Free Music Machine: Third Sundays Focus Tour
Fri, September 15, 2023 Book Launch: Till Life Become Fire
Thu, September 14, 2023 Tone Rhythm Pitch: Exploring Percy Grainger's Free Music
Sat, September 09, 2023 Membership and Programs Committee
Sun, July 16, 2023 Frederick Fennell Visits 7 Cromwell: Third Sundays Focus Tour
Sat, July 08, 2023 Annual Members' Meeting-It's Percy's Birthday
Fri, June 30, 2023 Performing Grainger's Choral Music
Sat, June 10, 2023 Second Seating: The JUNGLE BOOK, an immersive reading of Rudyard Kipling's famous story
Sat, June 10, 2023 The Grainger Society's Future: Membership and Programs Committee
Sat, June 10, 2023 The JUNGLE BOOK, an immersive reading of Rudyard Kipling's famous story (first seating)
Sun, April 16, 2023 Spring Open House
Sat, March 11, 2023 Meeting: Membership and Programs Committee
Fri, February 24, 2023 Grainger for Choirs: An Introduction
Sun, February 19, 2023 Third Sundays: Focus Tour
Sat, January 21, 2023 Volunteer Orientation
Sat, October 22, 2022 Meeting: Membership and Programs Committee
Fri, August 19, 2022 Roundtable Rambles
Fri, July 08, 2022 Momentum 2022-23: The PGS Annual Members' Meeting
Fri, May 06, 2022 The Folksongs of Lincolnshire Posy
Sun, April 10, 2022 Spring Open House
Fri, February 11, 2022 Col. Jason K. Fettig: A Ramble with Grainger
Sun, November 14, 2021 WSW Concert: A Salute to Percy Grainger
Thu, September 16, 2021 Grainger Library of Sampled Sounds ("GLOSS")
Thu, July 08, 2021 2021 Annual Members' Meeting
Sun, June 13, 2021 Percy Grainger Home and Studio: Garden Tour and Art Exhibition Opening
Thu, March 18, 2021 Who is Ycrep Regniarg?
Fri, August 14, 2020 Performing Percy Grainger: A Conversation with Sir Andrew Davis
Sun, May 17, 2020 William Wielgus Facebook Recital
Mon, May 13, 2019 Ella Viola Ström and the Slade School of Art
Sun, May 12, 2019 A Musical Prodigy in Melbourne 1887-1895, An illustrated recital by Penelope Thwaites
Sat, May 11, 2019 Percy Grainger's Time in Springfield Missouri
Sun, May 05, 2019 Percy & Friends: Music by Percy Grainger and His Contemporaries
Sun, May 13, 2018 Grainger, Grieg and Folksong
Sun, May 06, 2018 Percy Grainger and his Composer Colleagues
Fri, May 04, 2018 In Dahomey — A Discussion
Thu, May 03, 2018 Percy Grainger--Only Connect
Wed, May 02, 2018 Percy Grainger Piano Mini-Festival
Sun, April 29, 2018 Percy Grainger: A Modern Leonardo?
Fri, May 12, 2017 Historic House Dedication

7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601


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