New Music Café

March 5, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music will present a New Music Café concert on Tuesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington). 

Free and open to the public, the event will include performances by students and faculty from Illinois Wesleyan as well as faculty from other universities. The concert’s featured composers are Kari Besharse, Illinois Wesleyan adjunct professor and a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Martha Horst, Illinois State University assistant professor of music; Chaipruck Mekara, professor of music at Payap University, Thailand; and Nico Muhly, a New York-based composer and Julliard graduate.

The New Music Café repertoire is as follows:

• “Wung-Wang (Disconsolation)” by Mekara, performed by Mekara on clarinet.

• “Shadowed Hills” by Besharse, performed by Illinois WesleyanVisiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola Michael Hall.

• First movement from “Three Kabuan” by Mekara, performed by Illinois Wesleyan staff accompanist Nancy Pounds on piano.

• Two songs from “Cloister Songs” by Horst, performed by Illinois State University Professor of Music Michelle Vought (soprano) and Illinois State Professor of Music Paul Borg (piano).

• “Depression Rhapsody for violoncello” by Mekara, performed by Illinois Wesleyan senior Margaret Kocher.

• “Dances of a Hill Tribe” by Mekara, performed by Illinois Wesleyan senior Greg Donahue and sophomore Janet Lyu on violin.

• Free improvisation on piano by Professor of Composition and Theory and Coordinator of New Music Activities David Vayo.

• “Keeping in Touch” by Muhly, performed by Hall.

For additional information, contact the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Jessica Block, ‘09 (309) 556-3181