Student Composition Recital to be Held

February 15, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music will present a Student Composition Recital on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington). The recital is free and open to the public and is part of the New Music Series for Spring 2010.

The performance will feature pieces by Ben Junya, a junior music education major from Rockford, Ill.; David Getz, a sophomore music education major from Morton, Ill.; and Kyle Lewis, a first-year music composition major from Grayslake, Ill.

Getz’s composition for the performance is The Cobbler’s Dance and will feature Sarah Struebing, Jordan Pettis, and Kaitlin Zawacki on violin; Sarah Cornish and Kelsey Hanson on viola; Mike Grittani and Alex Kim on cello; and Drew Elston on bass. Cellar Door: Look Closer is composed by Lewis and will feature Charlie Burgeren on piano and Gabriela Pittsford on violin.

Junya will contribute two pieces to the recital. The first piece, Think I’m Funny, will be sung by Matt Neylon with Rachel West accompanying him on piano and Allison Crain providing additional staging. This is movement IV of a ten movement Theme Song Suite written for the IWU Music Education Class of 2011. Junya will perform his second piece, Massive, using solo percussionist and electro acoustic accompaniment. This piece was created by wiring together four separate music production software in order to break the boundaries of each.

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

Contact: Kasey Evans ’12, (309) 556-3181