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Released March 27, 2003

FACULTY PERFORMERS MAKE OLD MUSIC NEW AGAIN

 
 

HATTIESBURG - The old adage "something old, something new" best reflects the music selected for the last Camerata concert of the 2002-2003 faculty artist chamber music series April 10 at The University of Southern Mississippi. School of Music faculty will perform works by 20th-century composers who were inspired by music or art created centuries earlier.

The concert opens with Paul Hindemith's "Three Pieces," featuring violinist-in-residence Alexandre Brussilovsky, clarinetist Wilbur Moreland, trumpeter Joel Treybig, pianist Lois Leventhal and double bassist Roberto Pineda. Hindemith's interest in early music and art has influenced much of his compositions.


 

Pianist Joseph Brumbeloe joins Leventhal in Witold Lutoslawski's "Variations on a Theme by Paganini." This well-known theme by the 19th-century violin virtuoso is the same one used by Rachmaninoff in a set of variations for piano and orchestra.

"The work dates from 1941, during the Nazi occupation of Poland, when Lutoslawski was forced to earn his living by playing in Warsaw cafés," Brumbeloe said. "Most of his performing was on two pianos, along with composer and conductor Anton Panufnik - his old Warsaw Conservatory classmate.

"During their years together through the war, the duo transcribed over 200 works for two pianos, but the Paganini Variations is the only piece to survive the Warsaw Rising."

Tubist Richard Perry and an ensemble conducted by Thomas Fraschillo, director of bands at Southern Miss, will perform Arthur B. Rubinstein's "Breugel - Dance Visions." Composed in 1991, the music was inspired by paintings of dancers by 16th-century Netherlands painter Pieter Bruegel.

Gordon Jacob's "Old Wine in New Bottles," performed by 13 woodwind and brass faculty and students under the direction of Steven Moser, assistant director of bands, will conclude the program. Jacob drew his inspiration from popular Renaissance English tunes such as "The Three Ravens" and "Begone, Dull Care!"

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be presented in Marsh Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for USM faculty, staff, students, senior citizens and children under 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door or through the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 1-800-844-8425 or order online at www.tickets.usm.edu. Proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the university's School of Music scholarship funds.

 
 

            

 

 

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