Early Music Ensemble and Composers Ensemble Join Concerts
Wednesday, March 7, the Dana Composers Ensemble — Robert Rollin, director — and YSU Early Music Ensemble — Randall Goldberg, director — are joining forces for “Two Programs of Old and New Music.” The first program will be a noon-hour concert in Butler Institute’s Beecher Court. Program two will take place at 8:00 pm in Bliss Recital Hall.
Michelle Murray and Robert Rollin
Guest flautist and Dana alumna Michelle Murray will perform Edgar Varèse’s Density 21.5. Dana faculty Gwyneth Rollin, violin and Robert Rollin, piano will present Lyric Counterpoint on a Theme by Warshawsky, a set of variations on a famous klezmer melody.
New Music Society
Several world premieres will be presented by the Composers Ensemble. These include three trombone trios: On the Run by freshman Michael Lynch; Captain’s Log by sophomore Jesse Martin; and a new work by junior Samantha Hogan. Senior Carol Ann Smolka will premiere her new song “I Still Dream” accompanied by Robert Rollin, piano. Richard Zacharias, Youngstown area composer and member of the New Music Guild, Inc., will have his String Quartet No. 2 premiered by a group consisting mainly of alumni of the Dana School. The piece is in three movements.
Early Music Ensemble
The early music portion of the concerts includes music composed for a variety of domestic settings. The Bicinia by Orlande de Lassus were created as etudes for master singers and their students, but Lassus’s sophisticated counterpoint is also suitable for instruments. The EME will sing two vocal works in the popular vein: Arcadelt’s Il bianco e dolce cigno, with its beautiful harmonies and bawdy poetry, was perhaps the most popular madrigal of the sixteenth century. The nonsensical frottola Scaramella may have originated as courtly entertainment and is suggestive of a carnival atmosphere. Dana students will also perform a solo madrigal by Giulio Caccini, one of John Dowland’s fantasies for solo lute, and a concerto for four violins by Georg Philipp Telemann.
After the performance…
The audience is invited to a reception to meet the ensemble members and guest artists.