Award-Winning Composer to Perform at New Music Caf
October 15, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Janice Misurell-Mitchell, an award-winning composer, flutist and
performance artist, will be the featured guest at Illinois Wesleyan University's New
Music Caf, a School of Music series highlighting new compositions that capture musical
elements from the early 20th century to the present through guest, faculty and student
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1
at 8 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington).
Misurell-Mitchell will perform the first movement of her composition for clarinet,
violin, cello and piano titled Vanishing Points/Quantum Leap and a theatrical solo
piece for flute and voice. She will improvise with William Koehler, professor of double-bass
at Illinois State, and David Vayo, professor of composition at Illinois Wesleyan.
Additionally, Vayo will perform two movements from Shades of Silence, a piano piece
inspired by the writings of Samuel Beckett and composed by ISU composition professor
Marth Horst, who will attend the concert. The program will also include an electronic
piece by L. Scott Price, a class of 2003 composition major, and two contemporary Bulgarian
pieces performed by IWU students.
A composer for flute and large ensembles, Misurell-Mitchell is a leading figure in
the Chicago new-music community. Her style is said to blend ethnic, jazz and popular
music with traditional elements of Western European classical music to create a unique
contemporary American sound. She is known for combining her music with speech, theatre
and dance, as well as for incorporating improvisation and performance art into her
concerts. In 2002, Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rhein selected Misurell-Mitchell
as “Chicagoan of the Year” in classical music. She has performed concerts domestically
and internationally and has been featured on the Public Broadcasting Network.
Since 1989, Misurell-Mitchell has been Co-Artistic Director of CUBE Contemporary Chamber
Ensemble in Chicago and has been president of the American Women Composers, Midwest.
Currently, she is a member of the music faculty at the University of Chicago and the
School of Art Institute. She has received degrees from Northwestern University, the
Peabody Conservatory and Goucher College, as well as grants from organizations such
as the Illinois Arts Council and awards and commissions from the National Flute Association,
For additional information, contact the IWU School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.
Contact: Sherry Wallace and Teresa A. Sherman, (309) 556-3181