New Music Café to Feature Student and Faculty Performances
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As part of its New Music Series, Illinois Wesleyan University’s
School of Music will present a New Music Café, featuring student and faculty performances and original
compositions. The recital will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in Presser
Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
Director of the New Music Series and Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Composition
and Theory David Vayo, and Nancy Pounds, adjunct instructor and accompanist in the
School of Music, will perform selections from Jatékók (Games). The multi-volume collection of piano pieces is composed by György Kurtág,
Hungary's most internationally-esteemed living composer, and features pieces for piano
four-hands (two people at the same piano).
The program will also feature three original compositions by John Orfe, a new School
of Music faculty member. Orfe’s works include: “What Wondrous Love is This;” “Waxwing,”
after Nabokov’s “Pale Fire;” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8, Op. 65, Movement
3: Allegro non troppo. Orfe will perform “Waxwing” and the Shostakovich transcription
on solo piano. Professor of Music Bill West will solo in the opening hymn arrangement,
which takes the familiar minor pentatonic Appalachian folk tune and recasts it in
the manner of a Balinese gamelan.
Student violinists Daria Dodonova ’21 and accounting and music double major Sam Biemer
’21 will join Michael Minarcek, adjunct instructor of percussion, in performing Peter
Garland’s Matachin Dances. A U.S. composer who lived for many years among Native Americans in the United States
and Mexico, Garland blends European and Native American elements and commemorates
events in Spanish and Latin American history in his works.
The program will also feature a performance of John Cage's revolutionary 4'33" in which the pianist makes no sounds, so that the music is whatever the audience
hears around them.
By Vi Kakares ’20