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Monday, October 18, 2010

'New Music Salisbury' Features SU Faculty Compositions Friday, October 22

SALISBURY, MD---When not teaching at Salisbury University, Drs. Jerry Tabor and Robert A. Baker make their own kind of music—literally.

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Original compositions by these Department of Music faculty are showcased during the performance “New Music Salisbury” 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 22, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.

Pieces performed include:

“Valence I” (2008) and “Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?” (2010), both for solo piano. Of his work, Baker writes: “This music is imbued with the consequences of 20th century development, history and musical experimentation. It acknowledges dissonance and noise as equals to conventional definitions of beauty, and it questions the very nature of musical sound, meaning and discourse.”

“Outside Edge” (1991). A transmedia (partly music, partly theatre) production, this work involves performers creating and acting out music in a collage of timeframes somewhat independent of one another.

“Veneer/semblance, extremities, verities” (1992). This work for a string quartet of two violins and two violas expands and focuses on subtle nuances in a single sound which are often overlooked.

“Push to Hush” (2010). This solo guitar piece, commissioned and performed by Danielle Cumming of SU’s Department of Music is one section of a work-in-progress that allows the performer to choose various pathways through the music that reflect her own way of hearing the harmonies presented in the score.

Along with Tabor, Baker and Cumming, performers include Jackie Chooi-Theng Lew and Ted Nichols of the Department of Music and SU music students Sam Cole, Jessica Deane, Michael Highducheck, Amanda Libby, Page Miller and Juan Soto-Bown.

Sponsored by the Department of Music, admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6385 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.



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