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International guitarist and composer part of Dimensions New Music Series

October 14, 2003

Austin Peay opens the 2003-04 Dimensions New Music Series with its annual American Music Week Celebration concert.

Featuring music created by American composers since 1950, the concert includes performances by guest guitarist and composer James Piorkowski and several outstanding APSU music faculty members.
October 14, 2003

Austin Peay opens the 2003-04 Dimensions New Music Series with its annual American Music Week Celebration concert.

Featuring music created by American composers since 1950, the concert includes performances by guest guitarist and composer James Piorkowski and several outstanding APSU music faculty members.

As a guitarist, Piorkowski has performed repertoire that spans a wide historical and stylistic spectrum, from Renaissance lute works to 21st century compositions. He has been heard worldwide as both a solo performer and as a member of the Buffalo Guitar Quartet for 18 years.

Piorkowski has composed many pieces for guitar, including “The Greatest of These,” which premiered at the University of the West Indies. His recordings include “Freedom Flight: Guitar Music by Oritz and Piorkowski” and four Buffalo Guitar Quartet releases.

Performing several of his works for guitar and guitar with flute, Piorkowski will be
accompanied on guitar and flute by Drs. Stanley Yates and Lisa Vanarsdel, professors of music, respectively.

Dr. Jeffrey Wood and Francis Massinon, professors of music, will perform “Trisagion,” which is derived from the melodic material of a 12th century Russian Orthodox chant. Wood wrote the piece in 2000 for use in church services.

The duo also will perform Massinon's “Foto,” written in 2003.

“As is obvious from the title, this is a photographone you had forgotten about or thought was lost,” says Massinon. “First comes the surprise, followed by the flood of memories that become unimportant after a time. People take photographs to prove to themselves, and to others, that something really existed, but they lose or forget them all the same.”

Mezzo-soprano Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music, will perform Kenton Coe's “A Family Gathering,” a song cycle featured on her new recording, “New American Music.” Accompanied by faculty pianist Patsy Wade, Mabry will sing in humorous and sentimental terms about the peculiarities of family life.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3 in APSU's music/mass communication building concert theatre. It is free and open to the public.
Terry Stringer