Steven R. Gerber Composer Residency – a partnership between The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter – features a Philadelphia-area composer each season in the creation of new works for COP’s Kimmel Center and Annenberg Center series and to lead a wide variety of patron and community initiatives and projects throughout the season.
Our inaugural 2017/2018 Composer-In-Residence is Composer, Conductor, Percussionist, Improviser, Adam Vidiksis.
Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, improvisor, and technologist based in Philadelphia. Equally comfortable with both electronic and acoustic composition, his music has been heard in concert halls and venues around the world. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing”, “dramatic”, “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable”, “catchy” (WQHS), “interesting”, and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece’s shape for being caught up in each moment” (David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer). Dr. Vidiksis currently serves on the faculty at Temple University and the SPLICE Institute.
2017/2018 Steven R. Gerber Composer-In-Residence Performances, Projects, and Initiatives:
Season Opening Preview Event
Philadelphia’s Clef Club of Jazz
Vidiksis season preview improvisatory performance with COP violist Matthew Cohen and panel discussion.
Young Friends Season Kickoff Party
Vidiksis featured in an extended improvised performance with COP violist Matthew Cohen.
December 3 and 4
Vidiksis’ arrangement of two realizations of Mozart’s Wurfelspiel will be premiered. Following the Sunday performance, Adam will participate in a panel discussion and Q&A with Maestro Brosse and Mimi Stillman.
Season-long Pop-up Improvisations
WRTI on-air pop-up
Adam and COP musician
Chamber Music series spotlight
The Morgan Library & Museum
January 30, 2018
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
January 31, 2018
Vidiksis is the featured composer and performer in Beyond Bebop, a chamber music program spotlighting Third Stream artists and the dialogue between Jazz composers and Classical composers.
Primavera/Clef Club One-Day Intensives
Clef Club of Jazz
January 20, 2018
Curated and led by, Adam Vidiksks. Middle and High School Jazz students from Clef Club and Classical students from Primavera with spend the day working together on improvisatory, graphic, and aleatoric scores written by composers like Cage, Bussoti, Wolf and Lamonte Young. The day will culminate with a free afternoon community concert at Clef Club featuring Adam and the kids performing these scores as one ensemble. Images of the scores will be projected over the stage to give the audience a sense of what it is the musicians are performing from. Some of these scores are literally a sentence or a set of instructions so it will be fascinating to see what the kids come up with! We will cap-off the day with a panel discussion/Q&A and a reception.
February 3, 2018
The February intensive we will focus on Terry Riley’s In C. COP musicians will coach 12-16 Primavera kids in sectionals in the morning. Then Adam will lead a composition workshop. The entire group will have lunch together. Following lunch the Primavera, COP musicians, and Adam will rehearse the work together (led by conductor, Robert Kahn), and then present a free side-by-side concert. After the concert there will be a brief panel discussion with Vidiksis, Kahn, COP musicians, and Primavera’s Rachel Segal and audience Q&A followed by a reception.
Intersect9 – Technical Ecstasy
Clef Club of Jazz
May 16, 2018
Vidiksis will be the featured guest artist and composer in program hosted by Andrew Lipke previewing Adam’s new work and spotlighting improvisation and technology in jazz, rock, and classical music.
COP Season World Premiere at Kimmel Center
May 20 and 21, 2018
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and musicians from Philadelphia’s Clef Club of Jazz will present the world premiere of a new work by ACF/COP Steven R. Gerber composer-in-residence, Adam Vidiksis. Vidiksis will be the featured artist in Classical Concerts post-concert discussion and audience Q&A May 20 on the Perelman stage and will present a preview of his score during Brunch with Brosse Sunday morning at Kimmel Center.
Joybells of Melmark Project
Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall: Annual Organ Day Marathon,
June 23, 2018 WORLD PREMIERE
Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA)
June 24, 2018
Throughout the season, Adam is visiting the music faculty and students at the Melmark School special needs school to develop a new work showcasing the Joybells players improvising in performance with COP musicians and a featured organist.