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Van Appledorn Festival of New Music

The Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn Festival of New Music was held this past weekend, featuring School of Music faculty, students, and special guests Yung-Hsiang Wang (violin), Jiuan-Reng Yeh (zheng) and Takuma Itoh (composer). The theme this year emphasized Asian composers and influence.

This year’s festival included four performances, beginning with a reading project of new works for violin and piano composed by Texas Tech School of Music composition students Patrick Reed, Steven Scott, Stephanie Streseman, and Steven Trinkl. Works in the session are selected based on the instrument(s) of incoming guest artists, and can be written for solo instrument, accompanied instrument, or instrument and electronics.

Three concerts also took place, each incorporating a different perspective of the theme: “New Waves in the Far East” (new composers), “Masters from the Pacific Rim” (established composers), and “Ripples of the East” (composers influenced by Asian music, theology, or history).

The composition studios will be hosting a Composer’s Forum Concert on Thursday, April 24th, at 8:00 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall. Works by undergraduate and graduate students of the School of Music will be featured. The TTU Chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. will be providing a reception after the concert for anyone who attends.