By Christopher Arrell
Director of Theory & Composition, Clayton State University
The Fifth Annual Classical Now New Music Concert will take place at Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
The program, performing works by four Atlanta area composers, features guest artists Maya Hoover (mezzo-soprano), Lisa Leong (piano), Justin Bruns (violin), Brad Ritchie (cello), and John Huston (guitar). Included on the program are two world premieres by Nickitas Demos and Mark Gresham, as well as works by Jason Freeman and Chris Arrell.
Based on the 1877 poem by Georgian Sidney Lanier, Mark Gresham’s setting of Song of the Chattahoochee evokes the drama of the river’s evolving path to the sea.
Nickitas Demos’ epic Elegy for Myris examines the theme of the West in transition with a setting of Myris: Alexandria A.D. 340 by renowned Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, newly translated by Dr. Gregory Jusdanis, Professor of Modern Greek Studies at Ohio State University.
3 from 95, by Chris Arrell, delights in the multiple layers of e.e. cummings shattered syntax poetry.
Jason Freeman’s Sonata, for solo piano, explores process as a means of building and transforming musical material through lush harmonies and energetic rhythms.
The concert will also include an introduction to Myris: Alexandria A.D. 340 by Dr. Gregory Jusdanis.
This Classical Now concert is sponsored by the Georgia State Center for Hellenic Studies and Spivey Hall.
[This press release was posted by Mark Gresham on behalf of Chris Arrell and the other composers and performers participating in the 5th annual Classical Now concert.]