New Work for Organ, Voices, and Woodwind Quintet to be Premiered

Posted on 10/17/2015 1:35:19 AM

The College of Fine Arts and the Department of Music will present the premiere of Dan Locklair's INITIAL MEMORIES: A Divertimento for Organ and Wind Quintet, on Saturday, November 7, at 3 p.m.

A pre-concert presentation by the composer will be given at 2:15 p.m. Both the concert and presentation are free and open to the public. In addition, all are cordially invited to a reception that will immediately follow the concert.

INITIAL MEMORIES will be presented by members of the IUP music faculty including: Dr. Joseph Baunoch, bass; Dr. Rosemary Brumbelow, clarinet; Dr. Stephanie Caulder, oboe; Dr. Christine Clewell, organ; Dr. Mary Logan Hastings, soprano; Dr. Heidi Lucas, French horn; Dr. See-Yin Lo, tenor; Dr. Therese Wacker, flute; and Dr. Jason Worzbyt, bassoon. In the third movement, the alto vocal part will be sung by Brianna Brickner (IUP '13). The pre-concert event and the performance will take place in the DiCicco Rehearsal Hall, in Cogswell.

A four-movement divertimento, INITIAL MEMORIES was conceived to highlight the unique tonal aesthetic of the Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Organ, built by R. J. Brunner & Company, of Silver Spring, Pa. The composition was commissioned by IUP in honor of the newly installed organ, which is being used by special arrangement with the American Guild of Organists (AGO).

Named the AGO Distinguished Composer of the Year in 1996, Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, N.C.. His compositional catalog, influenced by a wide variety of traditions, includes internationally performed symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, and numerous solo, chamber, vocal, organ, and choral compositions.

In addition to the Locklair's INITIAL MEMORIES, this concert will also include organ solo and ensemble works that showcase the unique tonal design of the PYMO. Other works to be performed are by Johann Sebastian Bach, PDQ Bach, Gladys Fisher, Libby Larsen, John Knowles Paine, and Wayne Bernard Sanders. The first movement of the Keyboard Concerto in D, BWV 1052, will be performed by IUP string professor, Dr. Stanley Chepaitis, viola; Swana Chepaitis, violin, and IUP students. An organ duet will be performed by Dr, Clewell and IUP alumnus, Vincent Ryan ('94 and MA '95).

On the eve of the premiere, Friday, November 6, there will be a "Meet-the-Composer" presentation featuring Dan Locklair. This portion of the itinerary will be facilitated by IUP Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition Dr. John Levey. Beginning at 5 p.m. in the DiCicco Rehearsal Hall, Cogswell, this event is also free and open to the general public.