Dan Locklair headlines ISU's Contemporary Music Festival

October 31 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University department of music will present its 42nd Contemporary Music Festival Nov. 12-14.

The premier event of its kind in the United States, the ISU Contemporary Music Festival attracts an audience from throughout the world. With the exception of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra concert Nov. 14, all events are free and open to the public.

This year's principal guest composer will be renowned Dan Locklair. Other guests include the Chicago-based Fulcrum Point New Music Project and composition contest winner Alejandro Rutty.

Locklair, a native of Charlotte, NC, is composer-in-residence and professor of music at Wake Forest University.

His music is widely performed throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad, including performances in England, Germany, France, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Korea, Japan, Finland and Russia. His portfolio includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera and numerous solo, chamber, vocal and choral compositions.

His 1995 composition, "Since Dawn (A Tone Poem for Narrator, Chorus and Orchestra based on Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of Morning")," is the first musical setting of Maya Angelou's well-known and important poem commissioned for the 1993 inauguration of U.S. President Bill Clinton.

A professional organist since age 14, Locklair's past organ recitals have included New York City performances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Thomas Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, he was church musician of First Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, NY, and an instructor of music at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.

The festival begins with the Vox Eterna Showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Tilson Auditorium, featuring ISU student and faculty performers. A reception, open to the public, will follow the concert in Heritage Lounge.

The Fulcrum Point New Music Project will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at Seventh and Chestnut streets.

Chicago-based Fulcrum Point New Music Project champions new classical music and highlights contemporary composers who are inspired and influenced by popular culture, including literature, film, dance, folk, rock, jazz, blues, Latin and world music. Through multi-disciplinary concert performances and educational programs Fulcrum Point seeks to explore the marriage of classical music and popular culture. The concerts are designed to encourage audiences to make cross-cultural connections and gain greater insight into today's diverse world.

The group has worked with a number of community organizations including the Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Humanities Festival, Snow City Arts Foundation, Merit School of Music, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, and the Cook County Correctional Facility to provide educational programs in conjunction with performances. Fulcrum Point has also reached out to immigrant communities in the Chicago area by offering open rehearsals in community settings that enable audience members to meet the conductor and musicians, experience the rehearsal process and learn more about the music. This is part of an ongoing initiative to link immigrants with modern composers of their homeland as well as other cultures.

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO), which performed at last year's festival for the first time, returns to perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Tilson Auditorium.

The orchestra, comprised of 35 professional musicians, focuses on programming that is unique to its composition and size by presenting an annual concert series of masterworks from four centuries of music composed for the small orchestra. In keeping with its mission, the ICO performs a body of music that most audiences have traditionally had few opportunities to hear in live performances.

Tickets are still available for this concert, which is part of ISU's Performing Arts In the Spotlight Series, from the Hulman Center ticket office. Tickets are $16 for the general public. ISU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Contact the Hulman Center box office at (877) ISU-TIXS for more information.

The Argentine-born Rutty will participate in the festival as the Contemporary Music Festival/Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra composition contest winner. The composition competition was established to recognize outstanding composers of orchestral music.

Rutty, currently assistant professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a composer, conductor and art-advocate with a unique profile. His music attempts an engaging blend of traditional subtlety, experimental sophistication and explosive energy.

As founder and artistic director of the Hey, Mozart! project, Rutty's activities include working as an arranger and pianist for Argentine-Tango performances. He has been co-director of the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and founder of the ensemble Lake Affect, a group dedicated to interdisciplinary work with poets.

His winning entry, "The Conscious Sleepwalker Loops," was recently performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra, a commission by the MATA Festival in New York. The Boston Globe described the piece as "a riotous collage of Argentine tango, some over-the-top Hollywoodesque flamenco, and various other Latin tropes. Rutty layers all this into an orchestrated remix, and the result is a blaring, multi-channel, gleefully vernacular carnival."

The ISU Contemporary Music Festival gives students a glimpse into the lives of professional composers and performers; promotes the work of up and coming composers; and presents new music to the public. Since 1967, more than 175 established and emerging composers-including 17 winners of the Pulitzer Prize and four winners of the Grawemeyer Award-have participated in the festival.

For more information, contact the ISU music department at (812) 237-2771 or go to http://www.indstate.edu/music/cmf.html .


7:30 p.m. Opening Concert: Vox Eterna Showcase Concert
Tilson Auditorium

Post-concert Reception
Heritage Lounge

9 a.m. Session: Principal Guest Composer, Dan Locklair
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Room 159

10:30 a.m. ISU Student Performers/Composers Recital
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Recital Hall

2 p.m. Session: Composition Contest Winner, Alejandro Rutty
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Room 159

3:30 p.m. Session: The Business of Music with Dan Locklair
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Room 159

7:30 p.m. Concert: Guest Ensemble, Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Recital Hall

Post-concert Reception
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Atrium

9 a.m. Masterclasses: Members of Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Center for Performing and Fine Arts

10:30 a.m. Concert: Faculty Chamber Recital
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Recital Hall

1 p.m. Session: Panel Discussion with Guests
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Room 150

2:30 p.m. Music Now Recital
Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Recital Hall

4 p.m. Open Rehearsal: The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Tilson Auditorium

6:30 p.m. Concert Comments: Kirk Trevor and Friends
Heritage Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Concert: The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Tilson Auditorium

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Contact: Kurt Fowler, Contemporary Music Festival Chair, (812) 237-2743, or kurtfowler@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783, pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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