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Night Scenes from the Ospedale

The Fall 2013 concert series at Columbia University’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies continues on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm when poet Sarah Arvio will read from her book Night Thoughts: 70 Dream Poems and Notes from an Analysis followed by a concert featuring the Sebastian Chamber Players performing the premiere of Night Scenes from the Ospedale with music by Vivaldi and American composer Robert Honstein.

Robert Honstein (b. 1980) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music. Praised for his “roiling, insistent orchestral figuration” (New York Times) and “glittery, percussive pieces” (Toronto Globe and Mail) Robert is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music where he has studied under Martin Bresnick, David Lang and Christopher Theofanidis. Robert’s music has been performed throughout North America by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, the Bard College Orchestra, the Hunter Symphony, the Mannes Prep Orchestra, the Mt. Holyoke Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ensemble ACJW, the Deviant Septet, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Norfolk Summer Music Festival, the University of Texas at Austin New Music Ensemble, the Color Field Ensemble, Concert Black, TIGUE, New Morse Code, the Heavy Hands Quartet, the Sebastian Chamber Players, the Quodlibet Ensemble, the Young New Yorkers Chorus, the Fireworks Ensemble, the Tosca String Quartet, the Correction Line Ensemble, the Mana Quartet, and the Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet. Winner of a 2011 Aaron Copland Award, Robert has received awards, grants and recognition from ASCAP, SCI, Carnegie Hall, the New York Youth Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Young New Yorkers Chorus, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Tutti New Music Festival, Clefworks, the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, the American Music Center’s Composer Assistance Program, and Meet the Composer. His work has been featured at numerous conferences and festivals including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Bard Composer-Conductor Institute, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the 2010 SEAMUS conference, the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance conference, the 2006 national SCI student Conference. He has also received residencies at Copland House, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and I-Park.

The Sebastians ( are a dynamic and vital musical ensemble specializing in music of the Baroque and Classical eras. Lauded as “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging” (The New York Times), the Sebastians have also been praised for their “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) and “elegant string playing... immaculate in tuning and balance” (Early Music Today).
Winners of the Audience Prize at the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competitions, the Sebastians were also finalists in the 2011 York International Early Music Competition and the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition. They have participated in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with L’Arpeggiata, and have performed at Music Matters (LaGrua Center in Stonington, CT), Friends of Music at Pequot Library (Southport, CT), Juilliard in Aiken (Aiken, SC), and in the Twelfth Night Festival and Concerts@One at Trinity Wall Street (New York, NY).
For the tricentennial of the publication of Antonio Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico concerti, the Sebastians commissioned composer Robert Honstein to write a companion suite, Night Scenes from the Ospedale, which they premiered alongside Vivaldi’s work in December 2011. The suite will receive its New York premiere on November 13, 2013 at Columbia University’s Italian Academy, and in November the Sebastians will also record Vivaldi and Honstein for their debut recording.

Event Date 
Wed, Nov 13, 2013, 7:00 pm

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