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TWU to host Gwyneth Walker as composer-in-residence


DENTON — Nationally acclaimed composer Gwyneth Walker will unveil a new orchestration of “Songs for Women’s Voices” during a gala concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Texas Woman’s University.

The concert, part of a two-day composer-in-residence event, will take place in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at the intersection of Oakland and Sawyer streets on TWU’s Denton campus. There is no charge for admission. For more information, call (940) 898-2500.

Dr. Pamela Youngblood, TWU professor of music, said “Songs for Women’s Voices” originally was written with only piano accompaniment, but added that Walker has created orchestral accompaniment for the piece and will perform it with the TWU Concert Choir and instrumental ensemble. The performance will mark the Texas premiere of the orchestrated piece.

The gala concert also will include performances by TWU chamber singers and soloists, and will feature the Woodrow Wilson All-Star Choir in the composer’s “23rd Psalm” and “Crossing the Bar.”

Walker, a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music, holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in music composition. She taught at Hartt, the Oberlin College Conservatory and the Hartford Conservatory before becoming a full-time composer in 1982. She lives on a farm in Braintree, Vt., and is a founder of the Vermont Composers Guild. She received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Vermont Arts Council in the year 2000.

Walker’s catalog includes more than 150 commissioned works for orchestra, band, chorus and chamber ensembles.

“Dr. Walker writes accessible music,” Dr. Youngblood said. “It’s music everyone can relate to easily.”
Funding for the composer-in-residence event is provided in part by the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts.


For Further Information Contact:

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

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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