Guest Artists Present Piano And Vocal Music Nov. 17

Nov. 11, 2003

by Richard Veit

Two faculty members from Henderson State University in Arkansas - pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi and composer/synthesizer player Phillip Schroeder - will perform "The Music of Phillip Schroeder," during a guest recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Roxy Grove Hall.

Robert Best, assistant professor of vocal studies at Baylor, also will perform, singing Schroeder's Eight Songs on Poems of Ogden Nash, Spirits of the Dead and The Infinite in Repose. In addition to collaborating with Best, Astolfi will present two Schroeder works for solo piano -- From the Shadows of Angels and Moons.

A native of northern California, Schroeder has composed music for orchestra, wind ensemble, live-electronics, chamber ensembles, choir, instrumental solos and voice. His music has been described as continuing "a tradition of brilliance and openness" with "powerful, expressive qualities that focus on subtle shadings and nuances."

Schroeder has appeared as a featured guest composer, lecturer and performer at festivals, conferences and universities throughout the United States and Europe. He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Palenville Interarts Colony, Millay Colony and Charles Ives Center for American Music.

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

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