Symposium of Contemporary Music to Feature ONIX Ensamble
The ONIX Ensamble
September 21, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The music group ONIX Ensamble will be the featured guests at Illinois
Wesleyan University School of Music’s annual Symposium of Contemporary Music. The
Symposium will be held from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3 and is free and open to the public.
Established in 1952, the Symposium of Contemporary Music brings prominent guest composers
or performers to campus for a two-to-three day residency. The Symposium's goal is
to involve students directly in performing new compositions by contemporary composers
while also participating in discussions on the aesthetics of the works. Recent guests
of the Symposium include the Orchid Ensemble, Roderik and Annelie de Man, Stephen
Paulus, New York New Music Ensemble, and Louis Andriessen.
ONIX is a group of musicians from Mexico that plays Latin American contemporary music.
The group consists of Alejandro Escuer, Edith Ruiz Zepeda, Fernando Dominguez, Abel
Romero, and Edgardo Espinosa. All members of the group have experience as soloists,
have an international career, and are all professors at the National University of
Mexico. Founded by Escuer in 1993, ONIX has released 50 musical works and is a non-profit
organization striving to use educational and community projects to enhance and redirect
the role of music in society.
One critique from Classical Music Review described the group, “With extraordinary precision and a very high degree of musical
craftsmanship, ONIX is a true great Mexican asset.”
Schedule of Events:
*Friday, Oct. 2 – An improvisational concert at 7:30 p.m in Westbrook Auditorium of
Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).
*Saturday, Oct. 3 – A concert by ONIX including the world premiere of Enlightenment
by composer and Illinois Wesleyan Professor of Music David Vayo at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook
Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).
For additional information, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556- 3061
or visit ONIX Ensemble’s Web site http://www.onixensamble.com
Contact: Monica Piotrowski, (309) 556-3181