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Prof. James Hartway wins Creative Scholar in the Arts Award

James Hartway (Distinguished Professor of Music) has been selected as the first recipient of WSU’s Murray E. Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award for the 2011-12 academic year. The award, established in memory of late WSU Governor Murray Jackson (1926–2002), supports a year-long faculty artist-in-residence program intended to showcase “exceptional faculty talent in the traditional performing, creative and visual arts as well as more non-traditional arts.” As an artist-in-residence, Hartway will have a unique opportunity to engage in creative activity in his field, by making a studio recording of his Urban Pictures concerto and lecturing on the creative process in music. “I am honored and humbled by this prestigious award,” Hartway said. “As the Murray E. Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts, I hope to immerse myself in music-creating, composing, feeling, learning, and perhaps, most significantly, teaching. Wayne State’s students, its campus and the inspirational canvas we call Detroit will influence and become an integral part of the artistic achievements we realize this year.”

As the recipient of the awards, Prof. Hartway will give a series of lectures, concert presentations, compose a string quartet, and make a studio recording of his recently premiered concerto for jazz quintet and symphony orchestra, "Urban Pictures."

For more information on Prof. Hartway and the legacy of Murray Jackson, click here.

Concerts, lectures and recording schedule:

Concerts


June 1, 2012 • Orchestra Hall, 8:00 pm

DSO performance of “Urban Pictures” concerto for jazz quintet and orchestra  (North American premiere)


March 30, 2012 • Schaver Recital Hall, Old Main, 11:45 am

“To Detroit with Love” Gala concert/lecture devoted to original works based on the City of Detroit locals.  Performed by members of the DSO.  Premiere performance of string quartet “Dream Cruise - Detroit Reimagined.”

Post concert reception sponsored by WSU Academy of Scholars.


January 18, 2012 • Emerson School 5425 Scio Church Rd. Ann Arbor, MI, 7:00 pm

Concert/lecture presentation of “City Sketches” for piano, violin and cello


Friday, December 16, 2011 • 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm at the DIA

“The Music of James Hartway–a Detroit Salute” concert/lecture and slide presentation at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  The concert will feature Hartway’s “Three Myths for Piano” and his “City Sketches” piano trio performed by Dr. Pauline Martin and her ensemble.  Hartway will make pre-performance remarks about the compositions and there will be a photograph slide presentation of various DIA archival city of Detroit scenes that helped to inspire City Sketches.  Visit DIA online for more information.


September 29 • Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, 10:00-11:00 am

Concert presentation of “City Sketches” for piano, violin and cello


Lectures

April 4, 2012 • Room 1107, Old Main 3:00-4:30 pm

Lecture on the creative process and presentation/analysis of  “Dream Cruise – Detroit Reimagined”



February 29, 2012 • 2339 FAB at 12:30pm

WSU Humanities Center Brown Bag: Lecture on “The Creative Process in Modern Music Composition, or How I Wrote a String Quartet based on the City of Detroit Reimagined”


November 3, 2011 • Emerson School, 5425 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, MI

Prof. Hartway will lecture on the creative process as part of the Fusion Project that Marian Tanau has put together.  The lecture is in  This lecture is primarily for 4-8th graders – but interested parties should contact me by my email.  A similar lecture will be given for adults at the same location on January 18 at 7pm.


November 20 Village Club, Birmingham, MI

Lecture on the creative process and presentation/analysis of “Urban Pictures” concerto for jazz quintet and symphony orchestra

Phi Beta Kappa Association (by invitation only)


November 9 • Room 1307 Old Main, 3:00- 4:30 pm

Lecture on the creative process and presentation/analysis of “Urban Pictures” concerto for jazz quintet and symphony orchestra


October 18 • 2339 FAB, 12:30 pm

WSU Humanities Center Brown Bag presentation “The Creative Process in Modern Music Composition, or How I Wrote a Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Symphony Orchestra”


Recordings

All recordings for "Urban Pictures" takes place in the Dept. of Music Recording Studio: 1388 Old Main

March 30

Studio recording of “Dream Cruise String Quartet”  

Time 3:00 pm-9:00 pm


February 21

Saxophone track recording


January 22 and January 23, 2012

The string recording sessions for Hartway’s “Urban Pictures” concerto are scheduled for January 22 from 6-10 PM and January 23 from 5-9PM in the Old Main recording studio Room 1388.  These sessions are open to interested parties but the seating is limited and MUST BE RESERVED ahead of time.  Please e-mail Kristen Malecki at ar9970@wayne.edu to reserve a seat.




November 28 and 29

Woodwind recording tracks  

Time 5-9pm 11/28 5:30-9:30pm 11/29



November 10

Saxophone track recording




October 30 1:00-6:00 pm and October 31 from 6:00-9:00 pm

Recording and adding the brass and percussion parts of my “Urban Pictures” to the rhythm track with 5 professional musicians and 8 Music students.




September 24,  25 9:00 am-2:00 pm

Rhythm track recordings 




*Recording of “Urban Pictures” CD involved 28 professional (WSU faculty with DSO/MOT,) musicians and 26 WSU students.  The WSU studio also provided student assistants and 3 recording engineering professionals were used in the studio as well.

Additional events will be added as they are confirmed.  Please contact Prof. Hartway or the Department of Music with questions.