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Composer to perfrom at UTm

Composer to perfrom at UTm

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:41 pm

Easley Blackwood, a modern American composer, will perform a recital beginning at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 30, in Harriet Fulton Theatre at the University of Tennessee at Martin. It is free and open to the public. Blackwood is a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he has taught harmony and composition for more than 40 years. He has studied under Nadia Boulanger, Paul Hindemith and Olivier Messaien. Blackwood’s Fifth Symphony (1994) was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His compositions have been recorded and released on the Cedille label. The concert will include the world premiere of Blackwood’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Opus 45 (2008). UT Martin associate professor of music Dr. Kurt Gorman, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the UT Martin and the Chicago Classical Recording Foundation jointly commissioned this new composition. Also on the program, Gorman will perform the premier with the composer to accompany on the piano. Blackwood will perform Alexander Scriabin’s Sonata No. 3 in F# minor, and his Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1994) will be performed by Dr. Amy Parks Simmons, UT Martin assistant professor of music. For more information, contact Gorman, at 881-7404. wcp 9-18

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