The UT New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Dan Welcher, opens the winter/spring season with a concert of music designed to warm your souls. The concert, at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 15 at Bates Recital Hall, contains not one but TWO world premieres by current UT student composers, plus works by Luciano Berio, Dan Visconti, and Dan Welcher.
The concert begins with the world premiere of doctoral student Ian Dicke's ASSEMBLY LINES, a six-minute machine-driven romp for chamber orchestra. Dicke's downtown style is particularly suited to this kind of storytelling, which features (among other delights) a "conveyor belt theme". Following that, something completely different: Dan Visconti's LOW COUNTRY HAZE for mixed chamber ensemble, conducted by Professor Damon Talley: the title says it all. And rounding out the first half, our prize-winning student string quartet-in-residence, the Aeolus Quartet, plays Dan Welcher's STRING QUARTET #3, based on three paintings by Mary Cassatt. The Aeolus Quartet won an NEA grant this year to perform works by American composers, and the Welcher is one of five pieces they are currently touring with.
After intermission, Master's student Joshua Shank's pastoral-and-uplifting FLOCKING MUSIC will have its world premiere. Luciano Berio's FOLK SONGS, a charming connected suite of 11 songs from various cultures (and given Berio's unique sound) will close the program, sung by mezzo-soprano Shaunna Shandro.