New Music Caf at IWU
November 7, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University's New Music Caf will take place on
Sunday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 Park St.,
Bloomington). The New Music Caf will introduce the award-winning composer Ching-Chue
Hu whose music has been performed on four continents. The program will also highlight
original work by Director of the New Music Series and Professor of Composition and
Theory David Vayo and Bloomington-based composer Douglas Johnson.
The event is free and open to the public.
Hu, assistant professor of composition at Denison University, will have the world
premiere of two of his pieces, Flying Without Fear, an instrumental piece composed especially for this concert. The piece will feature
Director of the School of Music Mario Pelusi as the conductor. A Matter of Love, a revised edition, will introduce new arrangements for piano and choir, and will be
performed by IWU students comprising a melody of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Waukegan
Concert Chorus Music Director Sylvanus A. Tyler III will act as guest conductor for
Hu, who will be in attendance at the concert, will also present his original piece
Chi, a flute solo, featuring Professor of Music William West on flute.
Vayo will present new work from a larger composition called Sandpails, which was composed to accompany poetry written by IWU Emeritus Professor of English
James McGowan. The texts accompanying Vayo's compositions are titled Eden, Animal Poem, and Jig for James Joyce, and will feature baritone vocalist and IWU Lecturer in Music Robert Mangialardi
as well as Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music Nina Gordon on cello and
Vayo himself on piano.
Johnson, a guest lecturer and performer at several universities, including Illinois
State University, as well as a published author and editor, will present two pieces
titled Intrasection I, an electroacoustic composition, and Rondoletto, which will feature sophomore music and business administration double major Emily
Chicoine from Arlington Heights, Ill., on flute.
Also featured on the program will be:
- Morton Feldman's composition Projection I, featuring senior music and business administration double major Jessica Dixon from
Reading, Pa., on cello.
- Ned Rorem's composition Spring with text by Gerard Manley Hopkins and featuring soprano senior voice major Jennifer
Meyer from Arlington Heights, Ill., and Lecturer in Music Carol Churukian on piano.
For additional information, contact the IWU School of Music at (309) 556-3061.
Contact: Leslie Boelter, (309) 556-3181