Latitude 49, brass tribute to Bernie Sánchez highlight UT Spring
Festival of New Music, April 1-3
The University of Toledo Department of Music Spring Festival
of New Music opens Tuesday, April 1, 2014 with two
compositions dedicated to the late Bernie Sánchez and
concludes with guest artist Latitude 49. In between, is
an exciting and varied mix of new music in virtually every
total of three concerts will be presented, one each night at 7
p.m., Tuesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 3 in the UT
Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. All concerts in the
festival are free and open to the public.
The UT Spring Festival of New Music is one of the highlights of
the cultural year for both the campus and the Toledo music
community. For 37 years, guest composers and performers have
interacted with students and faculty, resulting in exciting
concerts and presentations on campus. The Festival has also
sponsored premiere performances of student and area composers.
This year, the winner of the student composer contest will have
their work performed on the Faculty and Student Chamber Music
Concert, which kicks off the Festival on Tuesday. In addition,
two works - “Tribute in Brass” for brass quintet, composed by UT
professor Dr. David Jex, and “To the West Wind,” composed by
Music faculty member Dr. Lee Heritage, will also be premiered at
Both compositions honor the memory of UT Professor Emeritus
Bernard Sánchez, who passed last October. Professor Sánchez
retired after serving for more than 30 years at UT and in our
area as a performer, teacher, conductor, department chairman,
and advocate for music and the arts.
Heritage said, “While I was composing this quintet, the news
came suddenly – and with a great sense of shock and tragedy -
that Bernie had died. I was deeply saddened, and gradually
realized that the second movement of my woodwind quintet was
taking shape as an elegy to our great friend. The movement is
set for flute solo, singing an angular, emotional melody,
accompanied by somber chords in the rest of the quintet.”
“To the West Wind” will be performed by the Toledo Symphony
Woodwind Quintet. The instrumentalists are: Joel Tse,
flute; Michele Tosser-Smith, oboe; Georg Klaas,
clarinet; Sandra Clark, horn; and Gareth Thomas,
The “Tribute in Brass” quintet will be performed by UT faculty
members David Jex, Alan Taplin, Dan Harris, Andrew Rhodes, and
features guest trumpeter David Kosmyna, a UT alumnus who is
currently Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University.
The Good, The Bad, and The Blues!
The second concert of the Festival, Wednesday, April 2, is an
eclectic mix of new music in a variety of genres. The Good, The
Bad, and The Blues! (http://www.thegoodthebadandtheblues.com/),
a funk, fusion quartet, will perform a set of original songs.
They are 4-time Black Swamp Blues Society Challengers, and were
among the International Blues Challengers Semi-finalists of 2013
UT graduate student and teaching assistant Christina Eck,
an electronic music composer, singer and songwriter, will be
performing her album "Diamond in the Rough,” featuring a
collection of four original songs. Stephen Mariasy, a UT
Film/Video student, will present his new composition “Raindance,”
all realized by virtual-instrument, computer-based digital
Senior Lecturer of Music Technology will debut his new
composition, “Requiem for Violin and Digital Orchestra.”
Performing on the work will be violin soloist, Cecilia
Johnson, a member of the strings faculty at UT. Video
projections will be part of the concert as well, produced by
Holly Hey, Associate Professor of Film and Head of Film at UT.
Concluding the festival on Thursday, April 3 is guest artist
Latitude 49. The music of Latitude 49 explores new sounds,
engaging diverse audiences, and holding hands with composers of
today. Twice-featured by the Michigan Muse magazine, the
group’s University of Michigan roots have grown to
include performances on stages across the Midwest and public
radio. L49’s top priority is to foster future audiences by
creating dynamic concert experiences that give a voice to some
of today’s hottest composers.
Full details about each concert are available on the UT
Department of Music web site.
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