Robot

Program Notes
Robot is inspired by a common science fiction theme: the development of a conscious and highly intelligent robot, motivated to take over or destroy the human race. The work follows the awakening of a giant machine. Its mechanical heart engages as the music reaches an extended mechanical groove. After a failure, a reboot heralds a second more intense groove. Several classic electronic sounds associated with science fiction movies of the 1950’s and 60’s are employed throughout. The piece was written for John Irrera and Annie Stevens.

Biographical Sketch
Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook received the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University where he served as Assistant Director of the Center for Electronic and Computer Music. He has received awards and honors from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the Music Teach¬ers National Association and the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies. He has served as Composer-in-Residence at Amherst College, the University of Evansville, the Monroe County Indiana Community Schools Corporation and the city of Somerset, Pennsylvania. His works have been presented at conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Confer¬ence, the Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States, the New York City Electroacoustic Festival, the Florida Electro-acoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, and the InterMedia Manifold TechArt exhibit. Dr. Cook is Director of Music Theory and Composition at Christopher Newport University.

Performer Biographical Sketch
John Irrera

Violinist John Irrera earned his Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 2007. He has taken top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Albright Award, as well as the David Hochstein Memorial Award competition. In 2002, John was appointed concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and appeared with them as a soloist the same year, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A Minor. The following concert season, John appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. John also performed a solo recital that was broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM. He has also attended The International Violin Academy at Moulin d’Andé in France, as well as the Bowdoin International Music Festival. As a duo partner with his brother Joseph, John has performed in France, Italy, and Costa Rica, as well as at Carnegie Hall. Currently, John serves as concertmaster of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and is pursuing a Director of Musical Arts at Eastman, studying under Federico Agostini.

Annie Stevens

Annie Stevens recently earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion
performance from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University.

Dr. Stevens has performed as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and internationally. In 2011, she was a featured
solo performer at the International Computer Music Conference in Huddersfield, U.K. In 2009, she performed with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble at the Paris Conservatory and, that same year, was one of four Eastman graduate students invited to tour four Chinese music conservatories as part of the China Connection Ensemble. In 2004, she was awarded as a finalist in the Percussive Arts Societyʼs International Vibraphone Competition and performed at
the PAS convention in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Stevens has performed with the festival orchestras of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the National Orchestral
Institute in College Park, Maryland, and the Aspen Music Festival. As an advocate for new music and percussion repertoire, she
participates with many chamber groups engaged in commissioning new works such as New York Cityʼs Grammy nominated Metropolis Ensemble.