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YOUNGSTOWN -- The New Music Society will soon present its three Annual Winter Concerts featuring the Composers Ensemble, a group devoted to performance of music by faculty, student, and other living composers.
The main concert will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Bliss Recital Hall. It will be a varied program of mixed chamber music involving strings, woodwinds, voices and percussion.
Additional concerts will be a noon-hour program at the Butler Institute of American Art, Wednesday, and convocation at 11 a.m. Friday in Bliss Recital Hall.
All performances are free and open to the public.
The three events will include premieres of three Dana student compositions. Sophomore Meleah Backhaus' "Two Pieces for Cello" will be played by freshman Darla Wilson, cello. Senior Natalie Sahyoun's "Tears of Sadness," in memory of her grandfather, will be presented by sophomore violinist Wendy Portis.
Senior composition student Justin Endler will assist in the performance of his "Water Turned to Bone" for three voices and percussion, with grad student Nathan Douds on vibraphone, and seniors Christina Veneron and Adam Lahm providing additional voices.
The work is based on a strange old English riddle.
Clarinet and marimba
Also on the program will be graduate student Jessie Berne playing the lively "Capriccio for Solo Clarinet in A" by Heinrich Sutermeister, and junior Sarah Sexton playing "Two Mexican Dances" for marimba by Chicago composer and percussionist Gordon Stout.
Sophomore Missy Sue Hippley, bassoon and graduate student Jason Clark will join forces in Paul Hindemith's "Two Duets for Bassoon and Contrabass." Hindemith was one of the many talented composers who left Europe during the Nazi era.
Dana faculty and Composers Ensemble director, Dr. Gwyneth Rollin, will join her husband, Dr. Robert Rollin, in his Hebraic Prayer for violin and piano. The piece is based on a melody from the prayer for peace from the weekly Jewish Prayer Service.
She will also perform his Canto in Memoriam for solo violin. This work is in memory of the many firefighters lost in the Twin Towers tragedy and for a close family member who passed away around the same time.