Symposium of Contemporary Music

Adam Greene
Adam Greene
Chinary Ung
Chinary Ung
Susan Ung
Susan Ung

Sept. 12, 2012 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music will present its annual Symposium of Contemporary Music, a part of the IWU New Music Series. Arranged by Professor of Music David Vayo, the symposium is a two-day affair with a concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).

Also, there will be a lecture given by Adam Greene at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in room 258 of Presser Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

For 60 years the Symposium of Contemporary Music has introduced the Illinois Wesleyan community to a variety of composers and musicians. University staff and students are given the opportunity during the event to perform for renowned professionals and to learn from them. The symposium is partially funded by the Anna McGrosso Visiting Artists Fund.

The concert will feature compositions by Chinary Ung, professor of composition at the University of California, San Diego. Ung received his doctorate of musical arts degree from Columbia University in 1974. He studied both the clarinet and a Cambodian xylophone called a Roneat Ek. Ung is a recipient of the Grawemeyer Award, which is considered the Nobel Prize for composers.

The program will also feature violist Susan Ung, Ung's wife. Susan Ung earned her undergraduate degree in viola performance from Northern Illinois University and her graduate degree in New York at Stony Brook University. She is known for combining vocals while playing the viola.

The lecture by Adam Greene is titled "Still Life After Death: Transcendent Spiritualism in the Music of Chinary Ung." Greene, a contemporary composer, took composition and contemporary music classes at the Civica Scuola located in Milan. He has received awards from the American Composers Forum and a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard.

Other featured performers will include soprano Stacey Fraser, pianist Jocelyn Chang and Director of the School of Music and Professor of Music Mario Pelusi.

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

Contact: Shea Felde, '14, (309) 556-3181  univcomm@iwu.edu