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KSU Orchestra Features Concert of Contemporary Composers

Posted Sep. 15, 2011

The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music's Orchestra will begin its 2011/12 season on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall. Parking is off of Terrace Drive and is free. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person, KSU students are free with ID. Cash or check only.

The concert will feature a repertoire of prominent contemporary composers. Liza Grossman, conductor and newly-appointed director of the Orchestra, will lead the 54-piece orchestra in their first program of the season.

"Concert one is a collection of works for full orchestra that are fast becoming staples in the 'new music' repertoire. We will explore music representing great creatures, to an industrial style work, to a traditional Mexican Dance," said Grossman. "Audiences will be very impressed by the Orchestra which plays with the passion and strength of an orchestra twice its size."

And God Created Great Whales - Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)
Havhaness is known for his strong mystic/religious "feel" to all his works and this piece is positive, uplifting, ennobling and spiritually nourishing.

Short Ride in a Fast Machine - John Adams (1947 -  )
A joyfully exuberant piece, this minimalist composition earmarks repetition and a steady beat. Most crucially the piece features a harmonic language with an emphasis on consonance unlike anything in Western art music in the last 500 years.

Danzón No. 2 - Arturo Márquez (1950-  )
The concert will feature the magnificent piece for orchestra which is a composition most popular and is a frequently performed Mexican contemporary classical music composition. The piece focuses on the accents rather than the time signatures, thus the tempo might seem to vary even though it doesn't, however the precision in every measure remains constant. This contemporary Mexican music literature expresses and reflects on a dance style called Danzón, which has its origins in Cuba but is a very important part of the folklore of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Márquez got his inspiration while visiting a ballroom in Veracruz.

"In addition, the string orchestra will play two very different works - one tango and the other a lovely rendition of a sunrise," said Grossman.

For more information, please visit www.kent.edu/music or call the concert hotline at 330-672-3609.

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Media Contact: Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398