New Music at the Museum

April 25, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Hear the Akron Contemporary Players perform recently composed classical music by Charnovsky, Brownlow, Beaser, and Wilding under the direction of University of Akron Professor James Wilding.

Free and open to the public • Seating is limited: registration is required
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Performed by the Akron Contemporary Players:
George Pope, flute
Lindsay Leach-Sparks, flute
Stanislav Golovin, clarinet
Todd Gaffke, saxophone
James Marron, guitar
Debbie Yasutake, piano
James Wilding, piano

The Evening's Program Includes

Echo (2018) — Eric Charnofsky (b. 1965)
George Pope, alto flute

Duotones (2013, rev. 2019 )— Robert J. Brownlow (b. 1965)
I. Quirks
II. Fantasia
III. Contradistinction
Todd Gaffke, saxophone
Debbie Yasutake, piano

Mountain Songs (1984) — Robert Beaser (b. 1954)
I. Barbara Allen
II. The House Carpenter
III. He's Gone Away
IV. Cindy
Lindsay Leach-Sparks, flute
James Marron, guitar

Cleansing Waters (2018) ---- James Wilding (b. 1973)
Lindsay Leach-Sparks, flute
Stanislav Golovin, clarinet
Todd Gaffke, saxophone
James Wilding, piano

About James Wilding
Praised by the Cape Times as ‘highly original,’ South African composer James Wilding’s mastery of structure and lyricism, and his use of ethnic instruments, folk tunes, connections to art, photography, literature, and stories, capture audiences in the US and abroad. Wilding’s work has been enthusiastically championed in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Senegal, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Britain, Canada, South Africa, and the USA, by such groups as the Stow Symphony Orchestra, the New York Middletown Wind Ensemble, the Harburger Orchester Akademie, the TEMPO ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio. He has received commissions from Bayerischer Rundfunk, the South African Music Rights Organization, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Orange County School of the Arts, and his music is published by the Foundation for the Creative Arts, the University of South Africa, and Wilding Publications. Performances of his works have been broadcast all over the world, including Bavaria Radio (Fürth), Fine Music Radio (Cape Town), SAFM (Johannesburg), WUOL (Louisville), and KKGO (Los Angeles). Wilding’s works have achieved considerable acclaim. His Etude for solo piano was prescribed for the UNISA-Transnet International Piano Competition. The piano piece, Poem, was prescribed for the Hennie Joubert National Competition in South Africa. He won the Oude Meester Prize for South African composers with a commission for a String Trio, and Potchefstroom University’s Chancellor’s Trust Prize, resulting in slaap klein beminde for soprano and piano trio. A dedicated teacher, committed to sharing his knowledge, Wilding is Professor of Instruction and Co-Chair in Composition and Theory at the University of Akron, where he also directs the New Music Series. He studied at the University of Cape Town, Youngstown State University, and Kent State University. His musical mentors were Neil Solomon, Stewart Young, Peter Klatzow, and Thomas Janson.

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