Member News -- Summer, 2001

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PERFORMANCES

Al Benner: Stephan Chandler: Dinos Constantinides: Tina Davidson: Nancy Bloomer Deussen: Jeffrey Hoover: William Price: Harry Stover: Michael Williams: John Winsor:


AWARDS

Dinos Constantinides received an ASCAP Standard Award. Tina Davidson's Antiphon for a Virgin was the winner of the ATHENA 2001 Festival Choral Competition. In a February 28th concert honoring the choral works, Dr. Bradley L. Almquist conducted MSU Chamber Singers in a stunning Performance of the work at Murray State College In Murray, Kentucky.


RECORDINGS

Dinos Constantinides's The Oracle of Delphi by the Vehdehr Trio on Crystal Records. Jon Grier has recently completed a CD of his string quartets, beautifully performed by the Ceruti Quartet of the University of Memphis. The CD Is being distributed through Shar Products Company (www.sharmusic.com) and also through the composer's website, www.newertunes.com. The site includes details of the CD's contents, as well as lists of other works with descriptions of each and the info necessary to obtain copies and recordings.


COMMISSIONS

Dinos Constantinides has a commission for a solo saxophone work to be played this November in a festival of the composer's work in Thesaloniki, Greece. Tina Davidson's Paper, Glass, String, & Wood (2000), commissioned as part of the composer's third year as "Composer in the Community" at the Fleisher Art Memorial, was featured as the main work on their March 25th concert. Scored for triple string quartet, the piece was performed by a professional string quartet under the direction of the Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Ohad Bar David side-by-side with two student string quartets from the Settlement School of Music and the Girard Academic Music Program. As part of the residency, Davidson also directs the Young Composers program, which works with students in public schools to write and perform their own original music. Paper, Glass, String, & Wood represents a coming together of these two main elements of the Fleisher residency -- the outreach through the Young Composers program and the commissioning of new works that involve students in both performance and creation. Working with student composers at the Girard Academic Music Program and the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Davidson's new work evolved using the student's musical suggestions and some of the melodies they had written. The side-by-side nature of Paper, Glass, String, & Wood is ultimately both a teaching tool and a wonderful opportunity for the students to play elbow to elbow with a professional quartet.


MEMBER NEWS

During 2000-2001 Orlando Jacinto Garcia was the recipient of 3 composition prizes for his music. In the fall of 2000 he received first prize In the Nuevas Resonancias competition in Mexico. His work, fragmentos del pasado (fragments of the past), for guitar and string quartet was awarded the prize which includes the premiere performance, a cash award, recording on CD, and publishing. The work Is scheduled for premiere in August by guitarist Manuel Alcantara and the Cuarteto Latinamericano at the lnternational Music Festival In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In early 2001 Garcia received first prize in the Joyce Dutka Foundation Composition Competition in the category of music for orchestra. In addition to a cash prize, Garcia's work, fragmentos da la n noche (night fragments), for solo cello was premiered by Maya Beiser (for whom it was written) as part of the awards concert held in May at the Theatre of the Riverside Church In New York. In the spring of 2001, Garcia's work, Paisaje del Sonido II (Soundscape II) for contrabass, string quartet, and 3 performers playing glasses and chimes was awarded first prize from among 280 entries. In the Sal Martirano composition competition held by the University of Illinois. In addition to a cash prize Garcia will be conducting a performance of the work in September at the University of Illinois, where he will be presenting lectures on his music. The work was originally premiered In February of 2000 by bassist Luis Gomez Imbert and the Miami String Quartet and has since been performed several times by other performers Including a recent performance by bassist Bertram Turetsky and faculty performers at the University of California, San Diego. Garcia's music again received numerous performances during 2000-2001 in concerts and at festivals throughout the world. In addition to a variety of performances In the US including a November concert of his music In South Florida sponsored by the Cintas Foundation and featuring the Cuarteto Latinamericano and bassist Luis Gomez lmbert, selected foreign and world premiere performances include fragmentos romanos (Roman Fragments), premiered in November at the Festival Latinoamericano de Musica in Caracas, Venezuela by the Juilliard based Continuum ensemble, Tango para Yvar, performed in December as part of the Encuentros Festival in Buenos Aires, Music for Berlin, performed in February by the Continuum group in Toronto, vientos en la distancia, for 2 clarinets, piano, and strings premiered in March at the lnternational Music Festival in Salamanca, Spain with the composer conducting, and Images of Wood and Wire, performed several times in May at the International New Music Festival in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Upcoming international world premieres later this summer Include those In Italy, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and France.

Jeffrey Hoover was a guest composer and Visual artist for the American New Arts Festival at the University of Akron, OH, April 18-20. He created an action painting on stage while his electronic composition Oaxaca was playing. During the residency, Hoover worked with theory and composition students at the University of Akron, and with art students at Cuyahoga Falls High School. Into the Night was performed at the Society of Composers' 35th National Convention in Syracuse, NY on March 31 by Ron Caravan, soprano saxophone and Patrick Long, marimba. Hoover also gave a presentation "Eliminating Barriers to Composition" using the following tools: the Composer's Log, Creative Weekly Plan, composers portfolio, and continued learning. The conference was hosted by the Society for New Music.

Chichun Chi-sun Lee has received several performances and awards within the last year. Thgirbia W. for Chinese Zhang (zither) was performed in Overland Park, KS, in September (two concerts), in Lawrence, KS, and Topeka, KS, in January, in Singapore In February, and was performed in Los Angeles this year. This work was also given an honorable mention award in the NACUSA composer competition. Liam-Hiong for Chinese silk and bamboo ensemble recently won the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation composition award and was performed as a dance choreography by Joan Stone in Lawrence, KS (two concerts) and in New York. Liam-Hiong was also broadcast on Vienna Radio last October and both Thgirbia W. and Liam-Hiong have been broadcast on KANU Lawrence, KS, NPR this year. The Ritual of Yuen-Tzu-Ming for Chinese silk and bamboo ensemble received two performances (August 2000 and June 2001) in Taipei, Taiwan. Frustration for Chinese Yang-qin (hammered dulcimer) was performed In Germany and Croatia in April and will be performed in Taipei, Taiwan this December. The Heart of the Earth for Chinese Pipe (lute) and percussion will be performed by Min Xiao-Fen with Voices of Change in Dallas in March 2002. The Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra in Taiwan will be performing a new commission of hers in November. Gin-a Koa for violin and piano was selected for the CMS conference in Manhattan, KS last March and was performed in April in Lawrence, KS. Tesify! for organ solo was performed In Lawrence, KS by Sabin Levi last March and will be performed in Tucson, AZ by Pamela Decker. In the next year, her Process III fpr trumpet, piano, and two percussionists will be performed by the UNC at Greensboro New Music Ensemble and String Quartet No. 1 will be perrformed by the Jefferson Trio In Paris. Thgirbla W., Liam-Hiong and Hok-Lo Ma for orchestra will be released on three different CDs in the coming year. In December, Chichun and her husband, composer Michael Sidney Timpson, are expecting their first child.

Stephen Syverud has received a Fulbright Scholar Award from the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board to work with the composition department at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. During his four month stint, which began in February, Syverud is assisting the school's new doctoral program in composition. The curriculum includes analysis of new American music as well as studies in the composition, literature, and history of electronic and computer music. Syverud is also consulting with composition students and give lectures on his music and recent American musical life.

Michael Sidney Timpson has been appointed assistant professor at Rhodes College In Memphis, where he will head the music theory program and start curriculums in music composition and music technology. He recently won 2nd place in the Music from China premiere works competition, 2nd place in the NACUSA composition competition, honorable mention In the NFMC Beyer competition, and was a finalist in the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation composition awards. Last November, Chasin' Bill for Chinese silk and bamboo ensemble was premiered by Music From China in NYC and Songs of Existence was performed by the UNC Greensboro New Music Ensemble. Last December, he put on a full length oomposition recital at the University of Kansas featuring Manhattan Fanfare, Mirrors of the Psyche, SURFACE MUSIC, Synascrony, R I P, Four Poems of Dorothy Parker, and Chasin' Bill (western instrument arrangement). Last January, Refracting Timbre for Chinese zheng was premiered in Taipei, Taiwan, Anthem for choir and organ was premiered at the CFAMC conference in Santa Barbara, Chasin' Bill was performed in the Spencer Art Museum in Lawrence, KS, and Lip-Burner for brass quartet was performed at the SCI Region III conference In Norfolk. VA. In March, his R I P was selected for the CMS conference composition concert In Manhattan, KS, and Techno Meso-Morph was performed by the Univ. of Kansas Symphony Orch. In April, Symphony No. 3 was premiered by the Lynn Univ. Conservatory Orchestra In Coral Springs, FL. with Arthur Weisburg oonducting and Chasin' Bill was performed by the Univ. of Kansas New Music Ensemble. In the coming year, pursuing the emerald scintillate for alto sax, vln, and mba, will be performed in Los Angeles, and a new commission for Chinese yanqin will be performed In Taiwan. He has also been featured on radio shows In Beijing, China, Boca Raton, FL, and two radio stations In Lawrence, KS. He music will be featured on three different CD releases in the coming year. He and his wife, composer Chichun Chi-sun Lee, are expecting their first child this December.


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