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Spectrum Concert Features Bach to Contemporary Music

KEENE, N.H. 3/26/03 – Seven Keene State College music faculty members will present an eclectic mix of classical music including the première of a new work by Ted Mann on Wednesday, April 9, 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 students, senior citizens, and youth 17 and under. Call the box office at 603–358–2168. Joseph Darby, viola, Maura Glennon, piano, George Loring, piano, Robin Matathias, flute, Keith Papa, clarinet, and Craig Sylvern, tenor saxophone, will play works ranging from Bach to contemporary composers. Ted Mann will première Dancing with Achille, a new work for three players and a dancer. Mann, who coaches the KSC Guitar Ensembles, often uses computers as an aid to musical composition. His latest recordings appear on such labels as Harp of David and Scholastic Inc. Darby will perform Orbitz, a 1996 work for unaccompanied viola by Michael Sczerba, who dedicated the work to Darby. The piece experiments with pitch and requires the violist to perform difficult effects, such as playing on and near the bridge and interpreting many challenging rhythms. Darby also will perform J.S. Bach’s Sonata in G Major, accompanied by Maura Glennon on piano. This sonata, composed for viola da gamba, distinguishes itself from other sonatas of the period (1742) with its broadly lyrical opening movement in 12/8 meter – a highly unusual time signature for the first movement of a sonata. Glennon also will play two pieces with Craig Sylvern, tenor saxophone. Karel Husa’s Postcard from Home, composed in 1997, is inspired by two Moravian folk melodies. Edvard Grieg’s Five Lyric Pieces is a collection of small piano pieces by Norway’s most prominent composer. Glennon will join Robin Matathias, flute, in Eldin Burton’s Sonatina for Flute and Piano. Pianist George Loring and clarinetist Keith Papa will perform Claude Debussy’s Premeiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano.

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