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TWU concert to feature Denton composers


DENTON — The works of local composers will be featured in the Denton Composers Showcase, scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on Texas Woman’s University’s Denton campus. The concert also will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Dallas Public Library, located at Young and Ervay streets.

Both performances are free. For more information, call 940/898-2515.

Composers represented in the showcase are Joseph Pinson, a lecturer in music at TWU; Norma Davidson, professor emerita at TWU and a longtime member of the Dallas Symphony; and Joseph Klein, head of the composition department at the University of North Texas.

Mr. Pinson holds degrees in music from Southern Methodist University and the American University. He has written more than 300 songs, hymns and pieces for brass and woodwinds. More than 100 of these have been recorded and published. His most recent composition, Symetritonix #1, was premiered by the TWU Wind Ensemble in April. Mr. Pinson is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and has received the society’s Annual Standard Award since the year 2000.

Mr. Pinson’s performance will include Denver Dance, his first composition for the theremin, an instrument that originally was the product of the Russian government. Its inventor, Leon Theremin, gave personal instruction to Lenin, who sent the new instrument on a trip around the world to demonstrate the latest Soviet technology. Theremin patented his invention in America in 1928. He was kidnapped by Soviet agents in 1938 and forced to return to the USSR, where he worked in a Russian prison for scientists. He died in Moscow at the age of 97.

Ms. Davidson, a violinist/composer, received her training at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Julliard School of Music and Mannes College of Music in New York City. Her first published composition, written at age 6, appeared in a teaching manual for the Demonstration School at the University of Utah. She has performed on television and in Carnegie Hall, and also performed a series of concerts at Lincoln Center. She is an internationally known expert on women composers.Ms. Davidson will present Nocturne and Diurne for String Quartet.

Dr. Klein holds a doctor of music degree in composition from Indiana University. He has served as chair of composition studies at UNT since 1999. His compositions for various media have been performed and broadcast throughout the Americas and Europe, and have been featured at national and international music venues. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Gaudeamus Foundation of Amsterdam and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonian.

Dr. Klein’s performance will include Lament, which he composed in September 1995 for the funeral service of his grandfather, Joe Nobile.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senio r Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

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