Kent State New Music Ensemble to perform Saturday

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The third concert of the 2012-13 Kent State University New Music Series will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Carl F.W. Ludwig Recital Hall on the Kent State University campus. Admission will be free.

The concert will feature performances by members of the Kent State University New Music Ensemble, which is directed by Anthony Donofrio and Frank Wiley. Bill Sallak, a member of the Dance Department, will be guest artist.

Members of the Ensemble who will be performing on this concert will include soprano Katherine Bretz, oboists Patricia Rolland and Toshiyasu Fujita, bassoonist Adam Farmer, saxophonist Alex Sellers, hornist Nicholas Sohutskay, tubist Josh Davis, percussionists Alec Schumann and Drew Adametz, pianists Max Loutzenheiser, Andrew Keller, and Daniel Milan, violists Pamela Burovac and Haojian Wang, and bassist Ryan Critchfield.

The program will consist primarily of music by living composers. Rolland and Wang will perform Brian Penkrot's Narcissus Chamber for oboe and viola. Robert Ashley's In Memoriam Esteban Gomez will be performed by Rolland, Farmer, Sellers, and Burovac, coached by Sallak. Bretz and Milan will perform a set of songs by the American composer Norman Dello Joio.

Farmer will be joined by Critchfield for a performance of Low Agenda by the Austrian-American composer Gernot Wolfgang. Burovac and pianist Pedro Martinez will perform Steven Luksan's Fantasy for Viola and Piano.

Sea Eagle, a piece for solo horn by English composer Peter Maxwell Davies, will be played by Sohutskay. Sellers will perform Promethea for alto saxophone and digital audio/video by Christopher Biggs.

The program will close with a performance by the full New Music Ensemble of Les Moutons de Panurge by Frederic Rzewski.

The audience will be invited to participate in this performance.

All are invited to bring any kind of percussion instruments or noise makers that they might have. Additional sound devices will also be provided.

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The Kent State University New Music Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Carl F.W. Ludwig Recital Hall on the Kent State University Campus.

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