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APSU hosts 2nd concert of Dimensions New Music Series

In late February, the Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present the second concert in the 2006-07 season of the Dimensions New Music Series.

Jonathan Koln, winner of the 2007 APSU Young Composers Competition, is the featured guest composer for the concert, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
In late February, the Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present the second concert in the 2006-07 season of the Dimensions New Music Series.

Jonathan Koln, winner of the 2007 APSU Young Composer's Competition, is the featured guest composer for the concert, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu, soprano, Keith Nicholas, violoncello and Dr. Jeffrey Wood, piano, will perform Koln's winning composition, “A Dream Within a Dream.” The work is based on an early poem by Edgar Allan Poe.

In addition, the concert will showcase mezzo-soprano Dr. Sharon Mabry, who will sing four songs commissioned as gifts for her birthday in 2005. She will be accompanied by Dr. Stanley Yates, guitar, Keith Nicholas, violoncello, and Patsy Wade, piano.

Two of the songs were written by Elizabeth Vercoe and Frederic Goossen, both internationally known composers and former holders of the Acuff Chair of Excellence. A third song is by Lloyd Wells, who has been the conductor, arranger or orchestrator of more than 260 television shows and Broadway musicals. The fourth is by Dr. George Mabry, APSU professor emeritus of music who now directs the Nashville Symphony Chorus.

Francis Massinon and Anne Glass will present the world premiere of “Five Inventions” for horn and piano by Elizabeth Vercoe and commissioned by Massinon.

The program will conclude with “Concerto” for bassoon and orchestra written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Bassoonist Alicia Whitney and percussionist David Steinquest will perform the selection.

The Dimensions New Music Series is noted for featuring the works of contemporary composers, having brought to APSU more than 50 composers for concerts and clinics since its inception in 1980.

For more information, contact the APSU Department of Music by telephone at (931) 221-7818. -- Melony Leazer