Performance and Research

PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS

Following the American Revolution, French authors often viewed the United States as a laboratory for the forging of new practices of liberté and égalité, in affinity with France’s own Revolutionary ideals but in competition with lingering anti-American depictions of an inferior, untamed New World.
“Sponsoring and Constructing Modernism: Jewish Patronage, Entrepreneurs, and Cultural Mediation in Paris during Fin-de-siècle,” in Jewishness, Jewish Identity, and Music Culture in 19th-Century Europe, edited by Luca Lévi Sala. Bologna: Ut Orpheus Editzioni, 2020.

“Whither the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées?” Musicology Now, 2013.

Pierné, Gabriel. Pantomime, op. 24, for Orchestra. Preface by César Leal. Repertoire Explorer Series. Munich: Musikproduktion Hoeflich, 2019.

Saint-Saëns, Camille. Violin Concerto No. 3, op. 61. Preface by César Leal. Repertoire Explorer Series. Munich: Musikproduktion Hoeflich, 2020.

Écouter le Scandale et la Transgression

“Écouter le Scandale et la Transgression: Les Modèles Révisionnistes De l’Histriographie Musicale Basés sur l’Étude Du Paysage Sonore.” In L’écoute Du Monde, 223-34. Nîmes: Lucie Éditions, 2015.

Artifacts and Instruments of the Music Industry

Artifacts and Instruments of the Music Industry,” in Financing Music in Europe from the 18th to the Early 20th Century, edited by Etienne Jardin. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepol (under review).

Présentation de l’ouvrage : Les journées ont réuni une soixantaine de contributeurs venant des cinq continents et représentant une vingtaine de disciplines réunissant chercheurs, philosophes, universitaires, artistes, compositeurs, musiciens, architectes, paysagistes, théoriciens et praticiens de différents horizons portant en commun leur attention sur une recherche de qualité sonore à donner à l’environnement. Au-delà de la protection contre le trop de bruits et de la préservation phonique des milieux de vie, il a été question de la prise en compte de la dimension sonore dans l’aménagement des territoires et la création des nouveaux habitats, dans le temps de la quotidienneté. Un état de l’expérimentation, de la réflexion et des réalisations conduites dans ce domaine depuis une quinzaine d’années, l’expérience s’est poursuivie avec l’Exercice de l’écoute mettant en jeu les modes de représentation du monde sonore comparée à l’écoute in situ. Concerts et performances en tant que moments d’une écoute privilégiée pouvant conduire à l’exigence de qualité sonore pour le monde au quotidien.

PERFORMANCE & COLLABORATION
HIGHLIGHTS

Minueto en el Estilo Galante by Dueñas

Recording with the chamber musicians of the Colombia National Symphony Orchestra. Directed by Nestor Dueñas-Torres. Conducted by César Leal. Bogotá, Colombia, 2008.

Lexico Series Vol. 1

Lexico Series Vol. 1: Chamber Music of Latin American Composers. Recording project directed and Produced by César Leal. October, 2006.
Shipmates is a collaborative exhibition of painting, sculpture, video and sound work by Daniel Reidy and Greg Pond, which features a sound collaboration with conductor and musicologist César Leal and trumpet performer Ethan Tessier (Gettysburg College student).
Exhibition for Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN. June 4-30, 2022
This project is in response to finding a 50 year old audio recording of Ansel Adams typing an unknown letter. It takes the form of a hardcover book with 38-page essay by Godfre Leung, sheet music, print of a typewriter drawing by Lenka Clayton, and 12″ LP featuring new sound compositions by Lenka Clayton, Chris Duncan, Barbara Held, Michael Masura Flora, Jonathan Kaiser, Tiffany Ng, Steve Roden, Greg Pond & César Leal. Design by Studio Elana Schlenker.
Recording in Multimedia Project. Pond, Greg, Cesar Leal, Jessica Usherwood, and Brian Mueller. “Typing.” In Land AA. Vol. IV. Andrew P. Lewis and Peter Happel-Christian, ed. Clear as Day. Chattanooga, TN: Clear as Day, 2019.

Multimedia. Pond, Greg (artistic director), César Leal (musical director), Jessica

Usherwood (soprano), Charles Stehno (Sewanee student). Acoustic Space. 2018. Part the Guncotton Project.

o Exhibition for Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN. July-August 2018.

o Exhibition for Art Prize, Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids campus,October 2018, Don Desmett, curator.

Photography Kevin Bouldin courtesy of New Dialect.

FULL CREATIVE OUTPUT

Artistic Director and Conductor

2012-Present. EnVaGe (Ensamble of Variable Geometry). Artistic Director.  USA.
Projects include Schéhérazade by Rimsky-Korsakov/Lavandier (American premiere), Mahler’s Symphony 4, Lang’s Sweet Air, Berio’s O king, Steve Reich’s Double Sextet (Kentucky premiere), Hommage to the Ballet Russes-a fully-staged production and world premiere of chamber orchestrations and new choreographies of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun (Lexington, KY), and Juan Pablo Carreño’s Golpe en el Diafragma (American premiere).

June 18-29, 2023.  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá—Festival Alfredo de Saint Malo. Conductor. Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá.

Feb 26-30, 2023.  Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) district 214 festival orchestra. Guest Conductor.  Arlington Heights, IL. 

Nov 17-19, 2022. Cumberland County Music Educators Association County Orchestra Festival. Guest Conductor.  Carlisle, PA. 

Feb 25-6, 2022.  Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (ILMEA) district 7 and 8 orchestra.  Guest Conductor.  Dallastown, PA.

Nov 9-10, 2019.  Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) district 7 orchestra.  Guest Conductor.  Chicago, IL. 

May 30-June 9, 2019.  Festival Internacional de Música Alfredo de Saint Malo.  Festival Conductor. Ciudad de Panamá. Panamá.

2018-2019.  Tennessee Philharmonic.  Guest Conductor.  Murfreesboro, TN. Finalist for the Position of Music Director.

2017-2018.  Adlai Stevenson High School Orchestra. Artist in residence. Chicago, IL.

2016-2018.  Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Sewanee, TN. Faculty member and member of the Artistic advisory committee, conductor of Cumberland Orchestra, conducting masterclass, chamber music coach, workshop on mindful listening, and adjudicator (concerto competition).

2014-2015.  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá. Guest Conductor. Cuidad de Panamá, Panamá.

2010-2011.  Impromptu Symphony Orchestra. Guest Conductor. Paris, France.

2010.  Ukraine State Symphony Orchestra. Guest Conductor. Kiev, Ukraine.

2004-2007.  Latin American New Music Ensemble (LACNM), Concerts in Colombia, France, United States, and Perú.

2003-2005.  Florida International University, Miami, FL. Assistant conductor: Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and New Music Ensemble.