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April 5, 1999

UW-RF Concert to Feature Commissioned Composer

Several UW-River Falls ensemble groups will feature the work of internationally recognized composer Judith Lang Zaimont for the 33rd annual commissioned composer concert on April 22.

The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the William Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. Zaimont will also give a public lecture at 3 p.m. in room B-34 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

The commissioned work for this year is "Parallel Play" for SATB saxophone quartet. The concert will also feature other works by Zaimont.

The UW-RF commissioned composer project began in 1967 and has featured internationally known composers including John Cage, Leslie Bassett, William Albright and Fisher Tull. The commissioned composer is chosen each year by students and a faculty advisor.

Zaimont is a professor in Composition at the University of Minnesota. Her music is characterized by its expressive strength, dynamism, and rhythmic vitality and is frequently played across the U.S. and abroad. Zaimont's music has been performed at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and other major auditoriums on three continents.

Her catalogue of close to 100 compositions ranges from symphony, opera, and choral compositions through vocal works and chamber music for many instrumental combinations.

Many of her compositions have won national and international awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship. Zaimont's orchestral music received a gold medal at the Gottschalk Centenary International Composition competition in 1972.

In more recent years she was named composer of the year at Alabama University in 1994, won first prize in the international 1995 McCollin Competition for Composers and was the featured composer at the 1995 Society of Composers International American meeting.

Zaimont holds degrees from Queens College and Columbia University. She studied composition with Hugo Weisgall, Otto Luening and Jack Beeson; and studied orchestration with Andre Jolivet in Paris on a Debussy Fellowship.

She is the subject of nine doctoral dissertations as well as the subject of individual chapters in the books, Women Composers and Performers and Conductors of the 20th Century. Zaimont has been featured in major articles in such professional journals as "the NATS Journal" and "Music Educators Journal." She is also a frequent judge at composition competitions.

As a faculty member of Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory of Music, Zaimont was awarded the teacher of the year award. Ms. Zaimont also held the post of Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Adelphi University from 1989-91 where she was awarded a distinguished teacher award.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert J. Brownlow, UW-RF commissioned composer coordinator, at 715/425-3183 or via the internet at: "".

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