Oct. 30, 2007
Works by UI alumni, faculty will be featured on Nov. 12 guest recital
Stacey Barelos, a doctoral student in piano and composition at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will present "Contemporary Works for Piano Solo" as part of the concert season of the University of Iowa Center for New Music, at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.
Barelos' recital will be free and open to the public.
The Center for New Music (CNM) is directed by David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition area of the UI School of Music. Part of the UI Division of Performing Arts, the center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists.
Barelos will play one of her own compositions, as well as a number of works by composers from the UI. The complete program will be:
-- "Eadem Mutato Resurgo" and "Tryglyph" by Joseph Dangerfield, who received a doctorate from the UI in 2005 and currently teaches at Coe College in Cedar Rapids;
-- "Hommage a W. A." by Gompper, a tribute to one of his teachers, the late William Albright of the University of Michigan;
-- "Downward Courses" by Luke Dahn, who received a doctorate from the UI in 2006 and currently teaches at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa;
-- Barelos' "Free and Unticketed";
-- "Quiet Music" by John Allemeier, who received a doctorate from the UI and currently teaches at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and
-- "Lake Sonata" by David Maki, who received a master's degree from the UI and doctorate from the University of Michigan, and currently teaches at Northern Illinois University.
Dangefield's compositions are piano etudes that establish a connection between music and a geometric shape. The composer writes that "Eadem" "explores how the shape of a pentagon might be represented through musical structure and physical gesture. . . .a tryglyph is a tablet in a Doric frieze with three vertical grooves (and) also refers to a three-layered work of art that depicts three scenes at three different depths."
Dahn's "Downward Courses" was written during the summer of 2006 for pianist Ryan Fogg and was premiered at the UI Oct. 15, 2006. Its title comes from a poem by the Kentucky poet Wendell Berry.
Baralos wrote of "Free and Unticketed," "I'm aware of certain elements in this piece that 'sound like' the music of other composers. Although there are no quotes, I felt I was still getting something for free. . . . I'm hoping the phrase is not copyrighted by the UW-Madison or any other concert-giving institution so that the piece is truly 'free and unticketed.'"
Allemeier's "Quiet Music" was composed in the spring of 2006. "While it was conceived specifically for the piano, it is void of typical piano gestures," Allemeier wrote. "I wanted to focus on the resonance, or the lack of resonance, of the different registers of the instrument."
Maki says that "Lake Sonata" "isn't about a lake, and it isn't really a sonata, but the music does have some qualities that remind me of water, and the form shares some dimensions of sonata." The score is in four movements, similar to the typical sonata cycle, with all of the thematic ideas brought back in the final movement.
More information on the concert, including program notes and biographies of the composers, is available on the Center for New Music Web site http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Ecnm/42.071112.html.
Barelos holds degrees in history and music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She is the winner of numerous piano competitions in the United States. Composer and author Gunther Sculler wrote that her performance of Henry Cowell's "Dynamic Motion and the Five Encores to Dynamic Motion" was "by far the best performing of Cowell's piano music I've heard in a half a century -- or perhaps ever."
The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.
In 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc., the world's largest performing rights organization, and it recently received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The School of Music and CNM are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
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