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Keene State Faculty Composers Concert Scheduled

KEENE, N.H. 1/31/02 - Keene State College faculty composers will be showcased in the first Spectrum Series recital of the spring semester on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The recital will feature original compositions by music faculty members José Lezcano, Ted Mann, William Pfaff, Camilo Rojas, Craig Sylvern, and emeritus faculty William Pardus.

The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC faculty, staff, students, senior citizens, and youth 17 and under. Call the Box Office at 603-358-2168.

This is the first recital devoted entirely to faculty compositions and it will be an annual part of the Music Department’s Spectrum Series, a kaleidoscope of works from over four centuries of music performed by Keene State’s internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists. The Feb. 13 recital will be performed primarily by KSC faculty.

Lezcano’s “Postcards” composed of three movements or postcards, will be performed by Craig Sylvern, tenor saxophone, and George Loring, piano. The first postcard, “Entre dos mundos” (Between two worlds) explores jazzy idioms within an irregular metric framework. The second postcard, “Una Tarde de Agosto” evokes the oppressive heat of August and nostalgia for Latin America. The third postcard is a short romp through Cuban piano riffs laced with mild dissonance, and Coltrane-ish melodies.

Sylvern’s “Song for Isaac,” was composed for his 11-month-old son, and will be performed by the woodwind trio of Robin Matathias, flute, Keith Papa, clarinet, and Camilo Rojas, bassoon.

Pardus’ recent work “Dreams and Realities” was written for tenor saxophone and MIDI, an electronic recording medium, and will be performed by Sylvern on saxophone along with the electronic sounds composed and constructed by Pardus.

Pfaff’s “Elegy” for solo viola will be performed by Joseph Darby, a KSC assistant professor of music.

The program also will include original compositions by Mann, a guitar instructor, and Rojas, a bassoon instructor at Keene State.

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