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Purchase Faculty Participate in Plattsburgh New Music and Culture Symposium AUG. 11-13 at SUNY Palattsburgh NY

Date Released: 8/7/2009

Purchase faculty members will participate in the inaugural Plattsburgh New Music & Culture Symposium August 11-13 at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The event will include two evening concerts and three days of lectures related to issues of authority, aesthetics and post-colonial theory. The goal of the symposium is to join the study of culture with the music that expresses it. Suzanne Farrin, one of the conference organizers, is chair of composition and theory at Purchase College. She will give a talk on a work for solo harp which explores new methods of playing the instrument. Other presenters from Purchase include Professor Bradley Brookshire on "Covert Speech in William Byrd's Walsingham Variations, and Professor Stuart Isakoff, who will discuss "Microtonality as a Cultural Bridge."

The concerts will take place on August 11 and August 13 at 7:30 PM. Performing are solo horn player Ann Ellsworth, clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt and harpist Nuiko Wadden.

Tuesdays' concert includes works by Suzanne Farrin and Max Lifchitz (both also presenting lectures during the Symposium) plus works by three seminal composers of the last 10 years, Olivier Messiaen, Elliott Carter and John Adams.

The closing concert on Tuesday features performances of works by Sebastian Zubieta and Alcids Lanza, who will both present lectures earlier in the symposium, and Weston Minissali, Carlos Chavez, Peter Maxwell Davies and a world premiere from Purchase College faculty member Allyson Bellinck.

The symposium is made possible through a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Grant, with additional support from Purchase College.

The concerts and lectures will take place in the Burke Gallery of the Myers Fine Arts Building at SUNY Plattsburgh.