UM to host national music recital

Published 1:56 pm Friday, December 11, 2009

The University of Montevallo music department, in association with the National Association of Composers, USA, will present a concert of new music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, in LeBaron Recital Hall.

Admission for the event is free.

Contributing composer Dr. Alan Goldspiel, a professor at UM, said the university is excited about the opportunity.

“Anytime new music is being created and performed it’s a great benefit to the community,” Goldspiel said. “It’s not just the concert hall as a museum, but instead it’s alive with new work.”

Goldspiel said the new work to be shared would draw heavily from a mixture of styles. He said following contemporary classical style the concert would mix influences from pop, jazz, new age and new tonal classical style.

“It will definitely be a sharing of styles,” he said. “That really is the nature of contemporary classical style.”

This will be the first NACUSA concert in Alabama and will feature the music of UM faculty members Dr. Lori Ardovino, Dr. Joseph Landers and Goldspiel. These UM composers were selected from a national call for scores.

The music will be performed by the composers and by other UM faculty and students, featuring guitar, soprano vocals, piano, tuba, trumpet, bass clarinet and saxophone quartet. Other works on the program are by Joe L. Alexander, Kenneth R. Benoit, Allen Molineux, Ken Davies and NACUSA chapter president Sylvia Constantinidis.

NACUSA is one of the oldest organizations devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music. For more information about this or other UM concerts, call 665-6670.