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Commissioned Composer Concert To Be Presented

UW-RF will present the 37th annual Commissioned Composer Concert on May 1 at 8 p.m., in the William Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. The concert will feature the premiere of a work by composer Christian Wolff titled "Peace March 9," for Brass and Percussion Ensembles, as well as several other works by the composer.

Wolff will be the UW-RF commissioned composer in residence from April 29 to May 1, conducting master classes and working with university ensembles.

Wolff is an internationally-recognized composer. He has taught classics at Harvard Univrsity since 1971, and classics, comparative literature and music at Dartmouth College. A number of his works were written for Merce Cunningham and his dance company.

A particular interest of Wolff's has been to allow performers flexibility and range of freedom at the actual time of performance, to devise notations to make this practicable, to foster among both professional and lay players a spirit of liberating interdependence, and to draw material from traditions of popular political music.

The UW-RF Commissioned Composer Program is the longest continuously-running project of its kind in the nation. Music Professor Emeritus Conrad De Jong initiated the program in 1967 when he commissioned Vincent Persichetti to compose "Celebrations for Chorus and Wind Ensemble." Other composers who have been part of this project over the years include John Cage, Morton Feldman, Libby Larsen and Fisher Tull.

For more information, contact Patti Cudd at 715/425-3183 or e-mail at pcudd@pressenter.com.

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