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Contemporary music, guest composers showcased at upcoming concert

February 18, 2003

The Dimensions New Music Series will include a concert featuring the music of four outstanding contemporary American composers.

The concert, which will include performances by both music faculty and guest artists, begins at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building.

The three guest composers of the concert will be Dr. Elizabeth Vercoe, Jeff Myers and Dr. Sy Brandon.
February 18, 2003

The Dimensions New Music Series will include a concert featuring the music of four outstanding contemporary American composers.

The concert, which will include performances by both music faculty and guest artists, begins at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building.

The three guest composers of the concert will be Dr. Elizabeth Vercoe, Jeff Myers and Dr. Sy Brandon.

Vercoe, the newest occupant of the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay, will have her “Umbrian Suite” for piano performed by Dr. Patricia Halbeck, professor of music and faculty member, Patsy Wade. Vercoe's music is characterized by great energy and drama that reflect her ongoing commitment to important social issues.

Myers, winner of the 2002 APSU/Center for the Creative Arts Young Composer's Competition, will be in attendance to hear the performance of his work “Elegy” for violin, piano and percussion performed by Douglas Droste, assistant professor of music, Dr. Jeffrey Wood and David Steinquest, professors of music. Myers' music is infused with a variety of techniques and aesthetics, which can be traced from Western classical and jazz music. He is pursuing a master's degree in composition at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, N.Y.

Brandon, professor emeritus of music from Millersville University, Penn., taught low brass, composition, electronic music and music industry for 24 years. His “Three Flirtations” will be performed by faculty member Lauren Murray, obo, and guest artist Robert Murray, trumpet. Brandon has received numerous prizes for his compositions and most recently was awarded first place in the Franklin and Marshall College Wind Ensemble Composition Contest.

Other prominent performances will be that of guest artist Dr. Vicki King playing “Sonatina for Piano” by African-American composer, Roger Dickerson, a New Orleans based composer; and Valerie Oyen-Larsen, mezzo-soprano, performing Libby Larsen's song cycle “Love After 1950” with pianist Anne Glass, professor of music. The work builds poetically from the adolescent mystery of a first kiss, through an affair, break-up and reconciliation. Larsen's music is filled with beautiful melody and meaningful expressive elements.

The concert is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone Dr. Sharon Mabry, coordinator of “Dimensions” at 7818.