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Acclaimed Composer Amram To Be Guest Artist At TWU

10/18/04


DENTON — The man the Boston Globe calls “the Renaissance man of American music” will combine education and entertainment — as well as the world premiere of a work for children — during a weeklong residence at Texas Woman’s University.

David Amram, one of the most acclaimed composers of his generation, will be TWU’s composer in residence Oct. 24-28. All events are free and open to the public.

The week will begin Sunday, Oct. 24 with an open rehearsal of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra from 2:30 to 5:30 in TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Pioneer Circle and Oakland Avenue. TWU flute professor Dr. Paula Youngblood will perform Amram’s jazzy flute concerto, “Giants of the Night,” with Amram conducting.

The piece, which pays tribute to legendary greats Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Dizzy Gillespie, was premiered by James Galway in New Orleans in 2002. Youngblood got in touch with Amram to request the music, and the composer offered to come to Denton.

Youngblood readily accepted.

She and Dr. James Chenevert, chair of TWU’s music department, discussed ways in which to involve the largest number of students in Amram’s visit. They looked at other pieces he’d written, and the plans expanded to include community and school groups.

While in Denton, Amram will address Denton’s Vintage Jazz Society meeting and visit Denton High School and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, where he will work with the Woodrow Wilson All-Star Choir in preparation for the choir’s world premiere of Amram’s “Three Songs for Young People.” The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 in TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, also will feature performances by the TWU Concert Choir, Mixed Ensemble and Spring Ensemble. Amram will be featured at the piano with the TWU Wind Ensemble for En Memoria de Chano Pazo.

His visit will conclude Saturday, Oct. 30 at Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls. Amram will conduct the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and Youngblood, its principal flutist, in a concert featuring “Giants of the Night.” For ticket information, call (940) 723-6202.

“I’m so excited to be performing this piece,” Youngblood said. She has looked forward to performing it since its premiere two years ago, and says, “I can’t believe it’s finally happening.”

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For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu