New Music Cafe

Feb. 17, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music will present the New Music Café, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington). The concert is free and open to the public.

Music, words, and images all share the stage in this program, which will open with selections from As My Heart Wasby Michael Fink, performed by Robert Mangialardi, baritone, and Joesph Plazak, guitar.  The piece is set to the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson.  Justin Vickers, tenor, and R. Kent Cook, piano will perform the Midwest premiere of War Wedding by Tony Solitro, based on texts by Welsh poet Alun Lewis. 

The concert will conclude with the world premiere of Mackinaw Ekphrasis, composed by IWU Professor of Composition and Theory David Vayo and performed by an ensemble of faculty and students conducted by Mario Pelusi, director of the School of Music and professor of composition and theory.  The piece will follow readings from Along the Mackinaw River, which features work by dozens of local poets based on the images of Ken Kashian.   

For more information, contact the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Courtney Keenan, ’12, (309) 556-3181,