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 this piece.

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