By Katie Capri | March 3, 2019
On Thursday, February 28, Blender Workspace hosted another fantastic Think Olio series. This time with writer and composer, Professor Whitney George.
According to George herself, the night was “basically a survey of music and how it interacts with the moving image by looking at cinema from the last 70 years.”
A professor at Brooklyn College, and a composer and conductor herself, George currently teaches Music Appreciation and Music Fundamentals for non-majors. Guests got a glimpse into the mind of the conductor and sound as it applies to visual storytelling. Guests were treated to complimentary beer and wine, and enjoyed a presentation filled with music, movie clips and a Q&A. If you’d like to learn more about Whitney George and Think Olio check out the links below. Stay tuned to our Events page for future partnerships with Think Olio.
Whitney George’s music traverses the affective terrain between tragedy and ecstasy, fragility and strength, bringing together romantically delicate intimacy and the spectacular darkness of the macabre. Her operas, staged multimedia works, and chamber music have had both international and domestic premieres. Most recently, George was commissioned by dell’Arte Opera to write Princess Maleine, an adaptation of a Grim fairytale. She received the 2017 Elebash Award for her orchestration of Miriam Gideon’s opera Fortunato, which premiered under George’s baton in May 2019.
George is the artistic director and conductor of The Curiosity Cabinet, a chamber orchestra formed in 2009. She holds an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of the Arts, a master’s degree from Brooklyn College, and is currently a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. In addition to her composing and conducting, George teaches at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, works at the Hitchcock Institute of American Studies, and is on the composition faculty for Face the Music.