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Renowned music composer in residency, March 18-30

Renowned American composer Lee Hoiby will be in residency with the Austin Peay State University Department of Music as a Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, March 18-30.

Hoibys music will be featured during three concerts open to the public, all taking place in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

The world premiere of Hoibys American Parade will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 23 by the APSU Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band. The program also will include works by Vincent Persichetti and Percy Grainger.
Renowned American composer Lee Hoiby will be in residency with the Austin Peay State University Department of Music as a Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, March 18-30.

Hoiby's music will be featured during three concerts open to the public, all taking place in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

The world premiere of Hoiby's “American Parade” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 23 by the APSU Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band. The program also will include works by Vincent Persichetti and Percy Grainger.

John Whitwell, the distinguished emeritus band master at Michigan State University and another Acuff Chair resident, also will participate.

A concert of Hoiby's work will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 26 by Austin Peay faculty members. The program will include some of Hoiby's best-loved songs, as well as his Sonata for Violin and Piano and his monodrama based on Julia Child's, “Bon Appetit!”

A student recital and master class, during which Hoiby will work with student performers on the interpretation of his songs, will be presented at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 27.

Born in 1926 in Wisconsin, Hoiby studied composition at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has composed extensively for chorus, orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo piano. His new cantata, “And the Waters Flow,” will be heard on Mother's Day at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York.

Previously, Hoiby's “Private First Class Jesse Givens,” about the last letter home from an American soldier who died in 2003 in Iraq, was performed at Austin Peay by Cantus, the Minnesota-based men's vocal ensemble.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Wood, professor of music, by telephone at (931) 221-7819 or by e-mail at woodj@apsu.edu. Further information about Hoiby can be found at www.leehoiby.com. -- Melony Leazer