Symposium of Contemporary Music to Feature Guest Artist and IWSO Performance

Nov. 13, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— As part of its New Music Series, Illinois Wesleyan University’s annual Symposium of Contemporary Music will feature composer and sound artist Judith Shatin on Thursday, Nov. 16. Shatin will present a lecture at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Room 258, followed by a concert at 8 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium.

On Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra (IWSO) will present a concert featuring a composition by Shatin at Second Presbyterian Church (404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington). All events are free and open to the public.

A composer of vocal, instrumental and electronic music, Shatin’s work reflects her multiple fascinations with literature and visual arts, the surrounding world and the social power of music. Her 8 p.m. concert will include settings of poetry from the Bible, Robert Frost and Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever, an electronic composition based on the sounds of water, and two pieces inspired by Spanish art, music and dance. Preceding the concert, Shatin will present a lecture on “Music and the Surrounding World.”

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, Shatin also founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Her music has been commissioned by organizations including Carnegie Hall and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been featured at national and international festivals. The recipient of four Composer fellowships, Shatin currently serves on the National Council of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She earned degrees from Douglass College, The Juilliard School and Princeton University.

The Nov. 17 IWSO Concert will include Shatin's Black Moon for orchestra and electronic sound. Conducted by Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Music Lev Ivanov, the IWSO is comprised of students from a variety of disciplines at Illinois Wesleyan and performs works from all musical periods. The group was honored as a national finalist for the American Prize in Orchestral Performance 2016-17.

By Vi Kakares '20