Cameron University New Music Festival to present two free concerts

The Cameron University New Music Festival, presented by the Department of Music, will offer free concerts featuring new compositions by contemporary composers on Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 7. Both concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in the McCutcheon Recital Hall, located in the Music Building of the Louise D. McMahon Fine Arts Complex. Cameron’s New Music Festival is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

The New Music Festival’s featured guest is Dr. Joel Love, who will perform on Tuesday, April 7 and will be joined by faculty members Dr. Andrew Stonerock and Dr. Carolyn Keyes, the Cameron University Concert Choir, senior music major Alyson Hayes of Marlow, and guest soprano Amelia Ciskey.

Love’s music explores an eclectic mix of genres, from short video pieces to works for chamber and large ensembles. It creates colorful landscapes of sound through the use of image, melody, and extended tonality, and seeks to reveal the connection between music and spirituality. His works have been performed by ensembles across the country, including The Aura Contemporary Music Ensemble, The California State University Los Angeles Wind Ensemble, The Boston New Music Initiative, the Ohio State University Wind Symphony, and many more. His first work for wind ensemble, “Aurora Borealis,” was selected for performance at the 2013 SCI National Conference. Love’s film scores include the documentary film “Stitched,” as well as a short film “Kidfellas,” which was honored with “Best Musical Score” at Houston’s 2011 48-Hour Film Project.

On Monday, April 6, the New Music Festival will feature a presentation of the Oklahoma Composers Association series of salon performances that will feature Oklahoma composers Dr. Greg Hoepfner, Jose Fernandez, Shane Rutherford, Tom Willoughby and more.

The Cameron University New Music Festival, launched in 1976, is intended to enhance the current music compositional experience of CU students. Previous guest performers include composers Warren Benson, Michael Hennigan, Roger Hannay, Norman Dello Joio, Vincent Persichetti and CU alumnus Christopher Deane.

For more information, contact Cameron University Department of Music at 581-2440.

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March 24, 2015

PR# 15-060