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TWU concert to feature Denton composers
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
are free. For more information, call 940/898-2515.
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.
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.
performance will include Lament, which he composed in September
1995 for the funeral service of his grandfather, Joe Nobile.
Tel: (940) 898-3456