New Music at the Museum

April 26, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Hear the Akron Contemporary Players perform recently composed classical music 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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About James Wilding (from the University of Akron School of Music Website)

James Wilding has worked with George Crumb, Wilfrid Hiller, Vladimir Viardo, and Lamar Crowson. Besides a substantial body of solo piano pieces, his works include: The Continents and Barbaric Dance for orchestra; Greek Goddesses for piano and symphonic wind ensemble; Mayan Rites for two pianos and percussion; a chamber cantata Lot's Wife; a wind quintet; two string quartets; a string trio; piano duos with violin, cello, double bass, English horn; and various chamber music for vocal and instrumental ensembles.

He was selected to participate in the Internationales Jugendfestspieltreffen in Bayreuth, Germany, where he co-wrote an opera that was released on CD. He won the Oude Meester Prize for South African composers and was commissioned to write a string trio.

His work has been performed in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Germany, Holland, France, Britain, Canada, and the USA; and published by The Foundation for the Creative Arts and UNISA (University of South Africa).

His compositions have been broadcast on Fine Music Radio (Cape Town), SAFM (Johannesburg), and KKGO (Los Angeles). His Etude for solo piano was prescribed for the UNISA-Transnet International Piano Competition. His piano piece, Poem, was prescribed for the Hennie Joubert National Competition in South Africa.

James Wilding is an active pianist, performing regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, recently having completed a 24-concert tour of Germany. 

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