School Of Music Presents Evening Of Contemporary Chamber Music Sept. 7

Sept. 3, 2004

by Richard Veit

Faculty and students of the Baylor University School of Music will showcase some of the most ear-catching chamber works of the post-war 20th century, when they join forces for "An Evening of Contemporary Chamber Music" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Roxy Grove Hall.

The program will feature Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death, George Crumb's formidable but rarely heard setting of a poetic treatise on death by Federico García Lorca. Crumb deftly uses the electric sounds of guitar, contrabass, and piano--plus a cacophony of percussion instruments--to highlight the colorful textual canvas. Added to this is a whole world of whispers, shouts, phonetic sounds, and even some old-fashioned singing by the baritone soloist.

The concert also will feature Steve Reich's Clapping Music for two percussionists, Thierry De Mey's Musique de tables for three percussionists, and a piece for alto saxophone and marimba called Excursions by Baylor graduate Charles Rochester Young.

Faculty represented on stage will be percussionist Todd Meehan, saxophonist Michael Jacobson, pianist/harpsichordist Brian Marks, bassist Christopher Buddo, baritone Robert Best, guitarist Patrick Kelly and conductor Christopher Bianco. Student percussionists on the program will be John Zastoupil, Moses Simon, Adam Ginsburg and Britton Matthews, all of whom are Meehan's students.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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