University of Wisconsin-River Falls

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May 8, 1998


UW-RF JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO FEATURE COMMISSIONED COMPOSER

The UW-River Falls jazz ensemble will feature the work of internationally acclaimed composer Fred Sturm for the 32nd annual commissioned composer concert.

The concert is May 14 at 8 p.m. in the William Abbott Concert Hall. Sturm will also give a public lecture at 3 p.m. that day in Room B34 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

The concert will premiere Sturm's newly commissioned work "Riverscape." Compositions by former students of Sturm will also be featured.

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 adviser. The composers typically give lectures and master classes and attend music classes during their stays at UW-RF.

Sturm is a professor and chair of the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He is also musical director of the well-known Eastman Jazz Ensemble, conductor of the 60-piece Eastman Studio Orchestra, and co-director of the Eastman Chamber Jazz

Ensembles. Sturm teaches courses in jazz composition and arranging, film scoring, and jazz pedagogy.

Sturm studied at Lawrence University, the University of North Texas and the Eastman School of Music. His jazz compositions and arrangements have been performed by Bob Brookmeyer, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Phil Woods. Sturm's compositions have been recorded by RCA and Warner Brothers, and his arrangements have been published by Stan Kenton's Creative World, Warner Brothers, UNC Jazz Press, and Advance Music.

As a freelance writer, Sturm has scored numerous musical productions for commercial and industrial film, television and radio. In 1994, he was awarded a composition grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Over nearly two decades of teaching, Sturm's ensembles and students have won numerous "downbeat" and International Association of Jazz Educators Awards for outstanding performances, compositions, arrangements and recordings.

Sturm has commissioned many compositions and arrangements by major jazz composers and has fostered the performances of over 200 new student works. The composer frequently serves as visiting artist, clinician and guest ensemble director at high schools and universities and has appeared as composer in-residence for the NEA "Meet the Composer" program.

The UW-RF jazz ensemble is under the direction of David Milne. For further information, contact the music department at 715/425-3183.


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