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Wittenberg Continues Innovative Women In Music Concert Series

October 3, 2011  
 Filed in Arts Scene, Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio — Wittenberg University’s Departments of Music and History and its Women’s Studies Program have collaborated on a Women in Music concert series during the fall 2011 semester that continues Tuesday, Oct. 4, with guest artists Marilyn Shrude and John Sampen.

From 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, John Sampen, saxophone, will teach a woodwind masterclass in Weaver Chapel. The “Music of Marilyn Shrude” begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Krieg Hall. Assistant Professor of Music Jessica McCormack, soprano, John Sampen, saxophone, Marilyn Shrude, piano, and Richard York, clarinet, will perform “Lacrimosa” (2006), The Postcards: “River Song: A Postcard from the Sichuan Provence (2010), “Kantada” (2004), For Luciano…(2003) and “Continuum (Postscript 1997), Notturno: in Memoriam Toru Takemitsu (1996/2011).

The program will include the world premiere of Songs of Praise (2011), poetry by Michael Mott, used with the permission of the author, “I. The April rain.” Renewing the Myth (1988) brings the performance to a close, and a brief question and answer period will conclude the evening.

Shrude’s music is “characterized by its warmth and lyricism, rich timbre, multi-layered constructions and complex blend of tonality and atonality, resulting in a bright, shimmering and delicately wrought sound world that is at once both powerful and fragile. Her concentration on color and the natural resonance of spaces, as well as her strong background in Pre-Vatican II liturgical music, give the music its linear, spiritual, and quasi-improvisational qualities.”

Shrude received degrees from Alverno College and Northwestern University. Among her more prestigious honors are those from the Guggenheim Foundation (2011 Fellow), American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rockefeller Foundation, Chamber Music America/ASCAP, Meet the Composer, Sorel Foundation (Medallion Winner for Choral Music 2011), and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the first woman to receive the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for Orchestral Music (1984) and the Cleveland Arts Prize for Music (1998).

Active as a composer, pianist, teacher and contemporary music advocate, Shrude has consistently promoted American music through many years as founder and director of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (1987-99) and as chair of the Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory at Bowling Green State University (1998-2011). In 2001, she was named a distinguished artist professor of music.

Sampen regularly performs traditional saxophone repertoire in recital with pianist/composer Shrude. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and is a distinguished artist and professor at Bowling Green State University. He also is past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

The Women in Music series will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Krieg Hall with a recital by the voice studio of Assistant Professor of Music Jessica McCormack. Titled “Family Ties,” the program will feature the works of several female composers.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, McCormack, soprano, with Diane Slagle, piano, and assisted by the students of MUSI 205A, will present “Entre Amis” (Between Friends), which will focus on the 19th century salon of Pauline Viardot.

Krieg Hall is located on the corner of West Ward Street and Woodlawn Avenue, and free parking is available in the Krieg Hall and Benham-Pence Student Center parking lots, both accessible from Ward Street. For additional information, call the Department of Music at 937-327-6340.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Erin Pence

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