FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 19, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
P.D.Q. BACH COMPOSER TO VISIT EMU AS PART OF MUSIC NOW FEST
YPSILANTI – Peter Schickele, well known for his P.D.Q. Bach concerts,
will be the guest composer for this year’s Eastern Michigan University
Music Now Fest. Music Now Fest, Feb. 26-28, is
three days of concerts, lectures, recitals and open rehearsals, which
will feature the classical
musical repertoire of Schickele.
The festival is a great chance for everyone to
discover that contemporary music is intriguing, inspirational and fun,” said
Kristy Meretta, coordinator of EMU music events.
Schickele is best known for his collaborations
with folk and rock musicians like Joan Baez and
Bob Dylan, and the creation and performance of the music of P.D.Q. Bach,
long-lost son of Johann Sebastion Bach. But it
more than 100 compositions, commissioned by virtually
every major symphony in the United States, that more accurately characterize
as a distinguished composer of serious classical
Schickele will present a lecture on topics in 21st-century
music during a composer convocation, Thursday,
Feb. 27, 11 a.m., in Pease Auditorium. Visitors are welcome to attend open
Schickele and EMU’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and University
Choir Friday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., at Pease Auditorium. Schickele also
will interact with EMU music students and faculty for an informal
question-and-answer session during a “Meet the Composer Forum” Friday,
Feb. 28, 1 p.m., in the Alexander Rehearsal Hall.
Schickele’s chamber music will be featured during a faculty recital,
Thursday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m., in Pease Auditorium. The University Choirs,
the EMU Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will feature
Schickele’s music during the festival finale, Friday, Feb. 28,
8 p.m., in Pease Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for
this all-campus collaborative concert. All other events are free.
One of the most gratifying aspects of Music Now
Fest comes from watching our students become truly involved in the compositional
process, and appreciate their own role in interpreting the music of
a living composer,” Meretta said.
For more information, call Meretta at 487-0482.
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