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Dimensions Celebrates American Music Week

October 29, 2001

The Dimensions New Music Series at Austin Peay State University opens its 2001-2002 season with an American Music Week Celebration on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the music/mass communication building. The Dimensions Series is known for its inventive concerts, guest composers and musical premieres. It offers three concerts each season on the Austin Peay campus and features performances by University faculty and guest artists.

The Nov. 5 concert will showcase four diverse pieces by three American composers. Austin Peay's resident composer, Dr. Jeffrey Wood, will have two new works premiered on the program. The first, Till Time and Times are Done, is a dialogue between the soprano and tenor and covers the life cycle of a relationship. Well-known poets such as e.e. cummings and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, among others, are represented in the settings. The work will be performed by Lisa Conklin-Bishop and Dr. Thomas King, with Wood at the piano. The second Wood piece, Trisagion, will be premiered by Dr. Francis Massinon, horn, and Anne Glass, piano, for whom the piece was composed. The work is a brief contemplation on melodic material derived from a 12th Century Znamenny (Russian Orthodox) chant.

Lisa Vanarsdel, flute, and Dr. Patricia Halbeck, piano, will be heard in Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23 by Lowell Liebermann. This work was deemed the best newly published piece for flute by the National Flute Association. Liebermann is a master of mood development, as is apparent in the stark contrast between the haunting first movement and the highly rhythmic second movement of this piece.

The program will conclude with an extraordinary song cycle by one of America's best known and most performed composers, Libby Larsen. She loves the sound of language and is a master of text setting. Her Beloved, Thou Hast Brought Me Many Flowers, with poems about mature love, music, nature, and flowers, will be performed by Valerie Oyen-Larsen, mezzo soprano; Keith Nicholas, cello and Anne Glass, piano.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear some of America's finest music performed by world-class artists who are members of the faculty at Austin Peay State University and invited guests. This free concert is open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Mabry at 7818.