||The third concert on the 2012-13 season of the UT New Music Ensemble will feature two works by young Chinese-American composers, a world premiere by a Turkish composer, and an established work by a US composer living on the West coast. Accordingly, this concert is called "An East-West Confluence"
The program begins with Xi Wang's evocative Echo-Poem-Image, a work written for Voices of Change in Dallas (Xi Wang is on the SMU faculty), displaying Impressionist leanings and attitudes. Peter Scott Lewis' lyrical work for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, WHERE THE HEART IS PURE, is next. Laura Mercado Wright will sing this lovely three-movement setting of poems by Robert Sund.
Following intermission, the concert continues with the world premiere of a work by a UT student composer. Egemen Kesikli is a native of Istanbul, Turkey, and received his B.M. degree at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. His work TWELVE DAYS OF ECSTASY puts six players through some rather thorny hoops, and is filled with dazzling colors. And finally, a tour-de-force from the Chinese Opera: Huang Ruo's CONFLUENCE: Concerto No. 4 for fifteen players. This over-the-top work is wild and crazy without losing focus, filled with elements of Chinese opera and theater music.
The concert begins at 7:30 in the Bates Recital Hall, and is presented free of charge. No tickets are required.