Recital ‘Sounds New’

Stetson University will present the “Sounds New” Faculty Composers Recital, featuring three Stetson professors using innovative non-music objects to create original sounds. This recital will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel inside Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand. It will feature Stetson Music Professors Sydney Hodkinson, Manuel de Murga and Nathan Wolek.

The program features original works by each professor that will be performed by other Stetson music faculty, including Kristie Born, piano; Ashley Heintzen, bassoon; Susan McQuinn, flute; Cameron Huster, harp; and Boyd Jones, organ.

“Spray Paint Can” and “Water Bottle” (2011), both by Wolek and current Stetson digital arts student Hunter Lee, are two pieces that explore the musical potential of discarded, non-musical objects and are both created using a single item as the source of all sound objects heard in the works.

“Faded Anecdotes” (2009), by Hodkinson, are piano works that are “epigrammatic gestures,” evoking small pictures in five brief movements.

“Tumbling Barrel” (2011), by de Murga, features “unison rhythmic figures and jagged bass lines along with a few opportunities for sustained lyrical playing.” This piece will be performed by a quartet composed in 2011 for Professor Heintzen and her bassoon studio at Stetson.

“Flageolet” (1984), by Hodkinson, was written for the American flutist Rosemary Parks, and was first performed in Dallas, Texas, by Parks in 1985. It will be performed by Professors McQuinn, flute; and Huster, harp.

“Organmusic” (2009), was commissioned by, and dedicated to, University Organist and Price Professor of Organ, Boyd Jones. Jones gave the first performances during the 2011 concert season, and will perform this piece at this recital.

Sydney Hodkinson received his BM and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. A distinguished 40-year teaching career includes posts at the universities of Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Southern Methodist, Western Ontario and the Eastman School of Music, where he conducted the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble and the Kilbourn Orchestra while chairing the Conducting/Ensembles Department. Hodkinson has held the Almand Chair of Composition at Stetson University’s School of Music since 2004 and has served as Composer-in-Residence and faculty conductor at Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival and School since 1998.

Born in California and raised in South Florida, Manuel de Murga’s music received performances in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe and Australia by performing ensembles and soloists such as the CORE Ensemble, flutist Nestor Torres with Orchestra Miami and conductor Elaine Rinaldi, the Stetson University Chamber Orchestra with conductor Anthony Hose, the University of Miami Clarke Chamber Players, cellist David Bjella, pianists Michael Rickman andKristie Born, and guitarist Stephen Robinson. Among his awards and grants are the 2000 Florida State Music Teachers Association Commission, the 1998 Kubic International Prize in Composition, and the 1990 Marimolin Prize.  He is published by C. Allen Publications and his compositions can be heard on Clear Note and GM Recordings. De Murga studied at the University of Miami and holds degrees from Boston University and the Eastman School of Music. He is Associate Professor of Music and coordinator for the music composition program at StetsonUniversity.

Nathan Wolek is an audio artist and researcher whose work encompasses advanced signal processing techniques, multimedia performance and algorithmic composition. He has performed as a laptop musician with various groups at both national and international festivals and conferences. Wolek uses his current role as Music Director of MPG: Mobile Performance Group to teach students about the potential of the laptop as a multimedia instrument. Wolek completed his Ph.D. in Music Technology at Northwestern University, and is currently Associate Professor of Digital Arts at Stetson University.

Prices for admission are $10 general public; $8 senior citizens; $5 area students. More information: Stetson University’s Concert Line (386) 822-8947; School of Music (386) 822-8950;