New Music Café to Feature Works of Multiple Composers

Oct. 26, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Music will present a New Music Café, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium. The concert will include works composed by Illinois Wesleyan Adjunct Professor of Free Composition Joshua Keeling and composers Jerry Owen, Walter Hartley, Curtis Bryant and Luciano Berio.

Keeling received a doctorate of music from Florida State University in 2012. His repertoire includes chamber, orchestral, wind ensemble, and interactive electroacoustic compositions. His works have been performed at the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music (SEAMUS) National Conference, the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, and the Florida State University Festival of Contemporary Music, among others.

Owen was the Alma Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music at Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) from 1969-2006. Although retired from teaching, Owen is still immersed in music through his own music-publishing house, Indian Hill Road Music, which he founded in 1969. 

Illinois Wesleyan students and alumni performing Nov. 6 include Samuel Mullooly ’16 (baritone), Chaepter Negro ’19 (violoncello), Celia Williams ’17 (soprano), Natalie Hoijer ’15 (flute), and Anne Marie Pasternock ’16 (soprano). Faculty Lisa Nelson (viola), David Vayo (piano), Ingrid Kammin (soprano), Nancy Pounds (piano), Cora Johnson (piano) and Keeling will also perform.

Vayo serves as the director of the New Music Café, with School of Music Director and Professor Mario Pelusi conductor-in-residence. The performance is free and open to the public.