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The 2011 UNM John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium is scheduled on the UNM Campus from March 27-March 30.
The international symposium’s distinguished headliner is Konrad Boehmer, a Dutch composer of German descent, who is one of the last remaining links to post-War European serialism and is himself one of its most eloquent spokespersons.
The New Mexico Symphony Chorus, directed by NMSO’s Associate Conductor Roger Melone, will perform Konrad Boehmer’s choral piece “Frontlines” (including two pianos and percussion), written especially for the Symposium and receiving its world premiere at 7:30 p.m. March 30.
Symposium evening performances and daytime activities (except for the Outpost Concert) are free and open to the public and are held in the UNM Center for the Arts.
Schedules and information are on the Trust Website, www.robbtrust.org.
The opening concert, in collaboration with the Outpost Performance Space, will be at 7:30 p.m. March 27 and features Skümbaag, a vaudeville-new music-heavy metal ensemble.
Ticket information for the Sunday Night Opening Concert is available by calling 268-0044 or online at www.outpostspace.org.
In addition to an international array of participants, New Mexico composers, musicians and UNM faculty will be featured throughout the event.
Monday evening’s traditional “John Donald Robb Concert” will feature a performance by the UNM Women’s Chorus, Las Cantantes, under the direction of UNM’s Maxine Thevenot, of John Donald Robb’s two songs, “I Am Very Old Tonight” and “Tears,” Opus 57, arranged by Bradley Ellingboe for Women’s Chorus, oboe, and piano; and two brass compositions: “Miniatures (five short pieces),” for Brass Quintet and “Prelude and Commentary,” for Brass and Percussion Ensemble, the latter directed by UNM Professor of Horn, JD Shaw.
The concert will also include the world premiere of the winning composition by Colin Holter of Minneapolis, Minn., for the 2010 National Biennial UNM Robb Trust Composers’ Competition.
“The Recording You Will Now Hear,” based on a Hispanic Folk Song collected by Dean Robb, will be performed by the music ensemble, Chatter.
UNM’s Andrea Polli, a well-known sound artist and former faculty member at Hunter College in New York, will make her symposium debut and other participants include Italian composer Barbara Rettagliati, previously a judge for the Biennial UNM Robb Trust Composer’s Competition, Chong Lim Ng of Malaysia, Sergei Zhukov from Russia, Ron Newman who teaches at Michigan State University and three younger composers: Frank Cox who lives in Ohio and two New York-based composers, Martin Scherzinger and Elizabeth Hoffman.
These three, in addition to Boehmer, Christopher Shultis and Richard Hermann, will be part of a featured series of discussions on “Post-War Experimental Music” to be held Tuesday morning.
This year’s symposium will also include music by two new composition faculty at UNM, Karola Obermüller and Peter Gilbert.