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New Music Series features mandolinist, composer

March 18, 2003

Austin Peays Dimensions New Music Series will conclude the year with a concert featuring the music of an internationally known mandolinist and a visiting professor at APSU.

Neil Gladd, mandolinist and composer, will perform his own works as well as those of Dr. Elizabeth Vercoe, the current holder of the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 31 in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building.
March 18, 2003

Austin Peay's Dimensions New Music Series will conclude the year with a concert featuring the music of an internationally known mandolinist and a visiting professor at APSU.

Neil Gladd, mandolinist and composer, will perform his own works as well as those of Dr. Elizabeth Vercoe, the current holder of the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 31 in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building.

Gladd will perform his “Three Songs After Thomas Campion” with Valerie Oyen-Larson, mezzo-soprano and Vercoe's “Herstory IV” with Jean Ferraraccio, soprano.

Three other works by Vercoe will be presented, including the premier of “Kleemation,” a work commissioned by flutist Dr. Lisa Vanarsdel and pianist Dr. Patricia Halbeck, professors of music, “Fantasy for Piano” performed by Dr. Jeffrey Wood, professor of music, and “Pasticcio: Patterns and Imagery from Paul Klee,” performed by Keith Nicholson, cello and Halbeck, piano.

To complete the program, baritone Dr. Allen Henderson, chair and professor of music, and guitarist Dr. Stanley Yates, associate professor of music, will present the song cycle “As My Heart Was” by Michael Fink.

Gladd has performed as a mandolin soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution and in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Japan, Canada, England and France. He has performed twice with the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin and once with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Rostropovich.

He has appeared on the PBS American Experience series “If You Knew Sousa” and onstage as a costumed musician for the Shakespeare Theatre's productions of “The Comedy of Errors” and “Much Ado About Nothing” with Kelly McGillis and David Selby.

Two of Gladd's compositions, “Sonata for Solo Mandolin” and “Red Bach: Three Rags After Bach” have been performed worldwide.

Vercoe was a fellow at the Charles Ives Center, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has received grants from the Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Vercoe has collaborated with soloists and ensembles on performances in the United States, London and Paris, as well as international festivals in Russia and Alaska. She has recorded with Owl, Capstone, Leonarda and Centaur compact discs and has three additional recordings scheduled for release this year.

The concert, as well as an open session with Gladd, are free and open to the public. For additional information, telephone Dr. Sharon Mabry at 7818.