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25th anniversary of highly popular Dimensions New Music Series features Libby Larsen

APSUs department of music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present a Festival of Music by Libby Larsen.

The concert, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Dimensions New Music Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the music/mass communication building concert hall. A fingertip buffet will follow the concert.

Larsen, on campus for a two-day residency, will coach rehearsals of her works, teach a master class and visit with student composers.
APSU's department of music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present a Festival of Music by Libby Larsen.

The concert, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Dimensions New Music Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the music/mass communication building concert hall. A fingertip buffet will follow the concert.

Larsen, on campus for a two-day residency, will coach rehearsals of her works, teach a master class and visit with student composers.

Larsen has created a catalogue of more than 200 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral and choral scores. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including the 1994 Grammy as producer of the CD titled, “The Art of Arlene Augér.”
USA Today selected her opera, “Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus,” as one of the eight best classical music events of 1990.

Larsen said, “Music exists in an infinity of sound. I think of all music as existing in the substance of air itself. It is the composer's task to order and make sense of sound, in time and space, to communicate something about being alive through music.”

The first woman ever to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra, Larsen has held residencies with the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the California Institute of the Arts, the Charlotte Symphony, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Colorado Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Philadelphia School of the Arts.

The concert will showcase some of her most celebrated works and will include several members of APSU's music faculty. Richard Steffen, professor of music, will play “Fanfare for the Women,” on trumpet. Soprano Gail Robinson-Oturu, music department chair, will sing “Cowboy Songs,” accompanied by Patsy Wade. Mezzo-soprano Valerie Oyen-Larsen will present two songs from “Love After 1950” and will be accompanied by pianist Anne Glass.

Assistant professor of music, Bernard Flythe, tuba, and Jeffrey Wood, professor of music and pianist, will play Larsen's “Concert Piece for Tuba.” Two guest clarinetists, Alan Woy and Linda Cionitti, will perform works specifically written for them by Larsen.

The concert also will feature works by APSU's large ensembles. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Greg Wolynec, will perform “Strut,” and the APSU Chamber Singers, conducted by Karen Kenaston-French, will sing several of Larsen's choral works.

Four guest high school choirs from St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville, Brentwood High School, Hopkinsville High School and Karns High School in Knoxville will join together for a Women's Honor Choir presentation of “Today, This Spring.”

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through the Music Ticket Office at (931) 221-7818. APSU students with a valid ID can attend for free.

The Dimensions New Music Series has been in existence since the spring of 1980. The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts was established in 1985 and Dimensions began to coordinate three campus concerts each season, showcases by student composers and a regional touring program. In the past 25 years, more than 50 composers have performed for the Dimensions New Music Series.

For more information, telephone Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music, at (931) 221-7656. —Crissy Laubach-Young