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Dimensions New Music Series opener celebrates American Music

October 23, 2002

Members of the music department and invited guest artists and composers will showcase American music written since 1974 at the 22nd opener of this year's Dimensions New Music Series. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building.

Guest composer of the concert will be the dynamic, young violinist Dr. Daniel Bernard Roumain. Roumain will perform his works “Native” on solo violin and “Epilogue” (a setting for the eulogy given at Malcolm X's funeral in 1965) on violin together with other contributing guest artists Darryl Taylor, tenor, and George Shirley, narrator.

In addition, Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music and a mezzo-soprano, accompanied by Patsy Wade, pianist, will perform a song cycle by Samuel Barber. Jean Ferraraccio, soprano, and Dr. Jeffrey Wood, pianist, will be heard in a cycle by Wood. Sally Ahner, soprano, Dr. Patricia Halbeck, pianist, and Francis Massinon, horn, will present the premiere of a new song cycle by Ahner called “Three Mystical Songs.”

Also, Lauren Murray English, horn and oboe, and guest artist Robert Murray, trumpet, will perform “Songs in Tribute” by composer John Steffa—a piece inspired by sights and sounds recorded while traveling around the world.

Roumain will present a "Meet the Composer" seminar at noon, Monday, Nov. 4, in room 147 of the music/mass communication building. He plays more than 30 instruments and will discuss his music as he plays some of these instruments.

Roumain is an accomplished violinist whose works have been performed throughout Europe and the United States. Recently he was named the Assistant Composer in Residence at the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Roumain serves as artist in residence with several professional dance companies in New York. He is chair of the music composition and theory department as well as Composer in Residence at the Harlem School of the Arts, New York City. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Vanderbilt University and master's and doctoral degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan.

Since its founding in 1980, the Dimensions New Music Concert Series has invited more than 40 composers to campus for presentations, premieres of their music and to work with young student composers.

The concert and Meet the Composer seminar are free and open to the public.