The Chamber Music of Alvin Singleton

Posted on 11/7/2014 10:25:21 AM

The IUP Music Department will present an evening of music on Thursday, November 13, by world-renowned African-American composer Alvin Singleton, who will be on campus for a three-day celebration of his music.

Singleton was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended New York University and Yale. He then pursued further composition study as a Fulbright Scholar with Goffredo Petrassi in Rome, Italy. His compositions have been played by major symphony orchestras and at international music festivals.

Students and faculty will be featured in six of Singleton’s chamber works. The first is “Ishirini” for two violins performed by Stanley and Swana Chepaitis. Singleton has several works titled “Agoru.” Three will be performed, including “Agoru III” for solo flute performed by student Brenden Goff, “Agoru VIII” for vibraphone performed by graduate student Denver Juiliano, and “Agoru VIII” for snare drum performed by graduate student John Mullen. “Fifty Times Around the Sun” for clarinet and piano will be performed by IUP student Marjorie Parish, assisted by Jackie Kuehn. The IUP Faculty Wind Quintet will close the evening’s concert with a performance of “Through it All.” Originally written for the Imani Winds, Singleton’s wind quintet focuses on both solo and ensemble playing.

The concert is free and open to the public and begins at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall.

Department of Music