New Music Guild Features Composer/Pianist Amy Williams and Flutist Lindsey Goodman
The New Music Guild, Inc.'s second concert set of the season will take place 4:00pm Sunday, January 25 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church (Holy Apostles Parish) and on Wednesday, January 28 at the Noon Hour Concert Series of The Butler Institute of American Art in the museum's Beecher Court. The concerts will feature University of Pittsburgh Composer/Pianist, Amy Williams, who will be assisted by Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Flutist and Youngstown native, Lindsey Goodman. Goodman studied flute with Dr. Kathryn Umble of the Dana School of Music.
Born to professional musician parents, Amy Williams began piano study at four and later studied flute with the legendary Robert Dick. Her native Buffalo was home to much experimental music in her formative years. After graduating from Bennington College and spending a year on fellowship in Denmark, she returned to Buffalo for her Masters under pianist/composer Yvar Mikhashov, and her PHD in Composition with David Felder. She has taught at Bennington, Northwestern University, and is currently Associate Professor of composition and theory, and director of the graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh.
Williams' works have been frequently performed in Europe, Canada, the United States, and Brazil. She has many commercial recordings. In addition to her extensive solo work, Williams performs in the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo with Helena Bugallo. The duo has been featured at festivals in the US, Europe, Mexico, and South America, and released a CD on the prestigious experimental Wergo label in Germany.
Williams has received an impressive number of awards and grants in the United States and in Europe, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck premiered her latest work, Flood Lines, last February. She also has experimented with combining new music and film.
Like Williams, flutist Lindsey Goodman is a new and experimental music specialist who has frequently performed as soloist with professional ensembles. She is also on high demand as chamber collaborator, orchestral musician, teacher, and clinician, and is in her fourteenth season as solo flutist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Goodman will perform Pittsburgh composer Roger Zahab's Suspicion of Nakedness, his Armory of the Heart, and Judith Shatin's Penelope's Song for flute and electronics. The two musicians will play Amy Williams' First Lines for flute and piano.
Williams will play a solo piano work of her own, and present Robert Rollin's Night Thoughts Ⅱ, a piece inspired by the manuscript illuminations of William Blake. A few surprises by local musicians will also be included. Both concerts are free of charge and open to the Youngstown community. There will be a 5:30pm reception after the Sunday January 25 concert sponsored by the New Music Guild, Inc. and Ss.. Peter and Paul Church.