The three shows are free and open to the public.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The New Music Society will hold its annual fall concerts at 12:15 p.m. today at the Butler Institute of American Art; at 8 p.m. tonight in Bliss Recital Hall at Youngstown State University; and at 11 a.m. Friday in Bliss Recital Hall.
The concerts showcase works by student composers and by local composer members of the Youngstown New Music Guild Inc. All the concerts are free and open to the public.
Featured student works include "Variations on a Youngstown Winter" by sophomore Justin Hite, performed by junior Chris Mead and Tim Webb, piano; "The Caddeberry Fence" for large percussion ensemble by junior Robert Thorndike; "String Trio" by sophomore Ryan Coffey; and "A Spritz O'Sprezzatura" by graduate student Tim Webb.
Webb's piece is a takeoff on a Bach fugue set with jazz rhythms. The pieces by Thorndike and Coffey have extra-musical narrative connections to be explained at the program.
Works by Rollin
Dana faculty member Roman Rudnytsky will perform "Night Thoughts 2" by Robert Rollin, also a Dana faculty member. Rudnytsky recently played the Cleveland premiere at Cleveland State's Drinko Hall under the auspices of the fall Cleveland Composers Guild Concert. Rollin's "Lyric Counterpoint on a Theme of Warshawsky" will also be presented by freshman Michael Walenciej, violin; and Tim Webb, piano. Warshawsky was a Klezmer pioneer of the early 1900s.
In addition to Webb, three graduate students will be highlighted in the concerts. Pamela Murchison, flute, will play Shulamin Ran's "East Wind." Ran has taught at the University of Chicago for many years.
Classical guitarist Jason Evick will perform two movements from "Kayurbaba" by Italian composer Carlo Domniconi. Violinist Natalie Sayhoun will present a movement from a Eugene Ysaye Solo Violin Sonata. Ysaye is known for his virtuoso violin compositions.
The Dana Composers Ensemble, directed by Gwyneth Rollin, will play "The Bells of Bellagio Part I" by American composer Otto Luening. Luening, originally from Switzerland, taught at Columbia University for decades. "The Bells of Bellagio" is for three players on one, two, or three keyboards. The New Music Society performance will involve two Steinway pianos and a synthesizer.