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Dimensions New Music Series presents final concert of the 2005-06 season

Austin Peay State Universitys Dimensions New Music Series will present the final concert of the 2005-06 season at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 3 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

The program will feature guest artist, Clara OBrien, mezzo-soprano, accompanied by Howard Lubin on piano. She will perform works by Aaron Copland, Lance Hulme and Arnold Schoenberg.
Austin Peay State University's Dimensions New Music Series will present the final concert of the 2005-06 season at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 3 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

The program will feature guest artist, Clara O'Brien, mezzo-soprano, accompanied by Howard Lubin on piano. She will perform works by Aaron Copland, Lance Hulme and Arnold Schoenberg.

Recently returning to the United States after spending 16 years on stage in Europe, O'Brien has appeared in more than 50 roles including “Donna Elvira,” “Rosina,” “Komponist” and “Octavian.”

O'Brien has recorded with the Bella Musica label and Südwest Deutscher Rundfunk. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Erika Köth Meisterkurs, First Prize, Le Grand Prix Paul Derènne at the International Concours de Chant de Paris and the Special Prize of the First International Coloratura Competition.

Lubin, a graduate of Oberlin College and The Juilliard School, is a member of the piano faculty at the University of Oklahoma where he also is the coordinator of collaborative piano studies. Lubin has been awarded prizes from the American Music Scholarship Association, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, the Three Rivers International Piano Competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters.

The concert will begin with O'Brien and Lubin's performance of “Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, opus 15” by Schoenberg. Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music, says, “This is a very delightful and powerful composition in which the two opposing aspects of the composer happily coexist. In this 15-song cycle, we observe Schoenberg the traditionalist commingling with Schoenberg the modernist.”

Composed in 1909 on Viennese expressionist poet Stefan George's works, the composition incorporates Schoenberg's “atonal” technique.

“The accompaniment also reflects Schoenberg's ability to combine traditional textures with new approaches to the relationship between voice and piano. This song cycle is a glimpse into a Schoenberg rarely seenthe intuitive master of both tradition and innovation,” says Mabry.

The program will continue with “Wine From These Grapes,” a setting of four poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Mabry says, “The poems were chosen without a theme, but as in much of Millay's poetry, the images of lost love and time are present throughout all four songs.”

The concert will conclude with selections from Copland's “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson.”
“Copland's settings mirror the unsentimental, yet lush and emotional poetry. Each setting is meant to be heard individually, the unity created by the unmistakable openness and consonance of Copland's mature styles,” says Mabry.

The admission-free concert is sponsored by the APSU Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

For more information on the Dimensions New Music Series, telephone Mabry at (931) 221-7656. — Crissy Laubach-Young