PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University School of Music and Theatre Arts will present a New Music Festival featuring an evening of faculty composers on Feb. 5 and a concert featuring guest composer Donald Freund on Feb. 7. Both concerts will be at Bryan Hall at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Both evenings feature original works by four WSU faculty composers. The composers will be featured at the Feb. 5 concert. A trumpet ensemble will perform David Jarvis’ “Celebratory Music” followed by Paul Ely Smith’s “Infinite Ground.” This work, written for a guitarist and lyrical juggler has three movements entitled “One-ball,” “Spiral Divination” and “Three-ball.”
An electronic synthesis will then perform Gregory Yasinitsky’s “Saxophone–Oh Yeah.” The electronic synthesis consists of a digital recording of the composers voice and saxophone playing that has been manipulated and rearranged on the computer. The concert will conclude with the premiere of Charles Argersinger’s “Common Ground” for a clarinet quartet, percussion and electronic synthesis.
The New Music Festival on Feb. 7 will feature music by guest composer Donald Freund, chairman of composition at Indiana University. A violin, cello and piano trio will perform “Departing Flights” followed by three piano preludes entitled “Prelude 1993,” “Prelude 1997” and “Prelude 1995.” A solo cello will then perform “Fast Music” followed by the WSU Concert Choir performing “Magnificat” and “Lauda Anima Mea.” The concert will conclude with the WSU Wind Ensemble’s performance of “Jug Blues.”
For more information, contact Charles Argersinger at the WSU School of Music and Theatre Arts at (509) 335-7122.