Music by Seven Virginia Composers
25, 2000 -- On Friday, Feb. 25, at 8:15 p.m. Virginia
Currents will perform in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia.
Tickets are $10 for General Admission, $5 for Students, 5ARTS$ for
U.Va. students. This is an Arts Enhancement Event. Call 924-3984
for tickets or information.
in it's thirteenth year, Currents remains the only professional
contemporary music ensemble in Virginia. Founded by Fred Cohen in
1986, Currents performs each year at a variety of locations in the
Southeast. Currents made its New York debut at the Katherine Bache
Miller Theater in 1993 and its debut on the Virginia Museum's Fast/Forward
series during the 1994-95 season.
performances include appearances at the 1999 International Trumpet
Guild Convention, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Longwood
College. Currents first CD was issued in December, 1995, on the
Centaur Label (Centaur CRC 2248), and its second CD in March, 1997.
Performances in the 1999-2000 season include performances of A Water
Bird Talk by Dominick Argento (a chamber opera, with baritone Keith
Jameson), the premiere of a new work by Andrew Waggonner, and H.K.
has commissioned works from a variety of American composers, including
Thomas Albert, Richard Becker, Allan Blank, David Cope, Joel Feigin,
Vivian Fine, Ben Johnston, Timothy Kloth, Jonathan Kramer, Walter
Ross, and Rand Steiger. Currents has also presented the American
premieres of works by a number of prominent contemporary Eastern
European composers, including Edison Denisov, Sofia Gobaidulina,
Gy–rgy Kurt·g, and Alfred Schnikke.
has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the
Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music,
the Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation, Downtown Presents, the
Carpenter Foundation, Meet the Composer, Inc., the University of
Richmond, local and regional art agencies, and private donors. The
program consists of the following pieces "Homage" Terry Vosbein;
"Siesta Moon" Dan Gutwein; "String Trio" Edgar Williams; "Garden
Varieties" Stephan Prock; "up into the silence" Alicyn Warren; "Ash"
Benjamin Broening; "Five for Olivia" Fred Cohen.
performers are Christine Schadeberg soprano, Patricia Werrell flute,
alto flute, piccolo, Charles West clarinet, bass clarinet, Matthew
Harvell bassoon, Belinda Swanson violin, Eva Stern viola, Gretchen
Geddes violoncello, Paul Hanson piano, Fred Cohen conductor New
Orleans born composer, Terry Vosbein has received numerous commissions
to write new works from such organizations as the Cleveland Orchestra
and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He
has composed works for orchestra, wind ensemble, various chamber
ensembles and choir. Vosbein has received performances at music
festivals throughout the United States and Canada. During 1998 and
1999 he was awarded summer residencies at La CitÈ Internationale
des Arts in Paris, where he composed a concerto for violin and orchestra
one year and a sonata for solo piano the next. Since January of
1996 Vosbein has been teaching music composition and jazz studies
at Washington and Lee University. He received his Doctorate in composition
from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of
Donald Erb, and where he taught in the theory and composition departments.
addition to his activities as a composer, Vosbein has been an active
jazz bassist and arranger for the past twenty-five years, performing
and arranging for a wide variety of ensembles, including the Glenn
Miller, mOrchestra and the Atlanta Pops. He traveled "on the road"
for many years, performing in a wide range of genres: country western
twang, big band swing, disco fever, country club wallpaper, plus
a never ending assortment of jazz combos and studio encounters.
E. W. Williams Jr. conducts the William and Mary Symphony Orchestra
and the York River Orchestra. He lives in Williamsburg. Alicyn Warren
is a composer who also writes about electronic and film music. She
is a graduate of Columbia University and Princeton University, where
she earned a doctorate in composition. She has received grants and
prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Musicological
Society, the Mellon Foundation, and the Bourges Concours International
de Musique Electroacoustique. Her works have been performed and
broadcast in the US, Canada, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Alicyn Warren has taught computer music, composition, and film music
at Columbia University and at the University of Virginia, where
she is Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Virginia
Center for Computer Music. A composer and conductor living in Richmond,
Virginia, Fred Cohen received his doctorate in music composition
from Cornell University and earned his undergraduate degree from
the University of California at Santa Cruz.
has been the recipient of a number of composition awards, including
the ASCAP Grant to Young Composer and First Place in the Virginia
Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Contest (most recently
in 1997). He has received composition grants from the National Endowment
for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, among others.
His works have been commissioned and performed by such organizations
as the Richmond Symphony (most recently the Concerto For Orchestra,
premiered in 1998), the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, the El Cerrito
Youth Orchestra, the Washington Singers (a professional chamber
chorus directed by Paul Hill), the Richmond Symphony Chorus, the
Twentieth Century Music Forum, the Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Dance, and the Boston Woodwind Trio. His works have
also been commissioned and performed by such artists as soprano
Christine Schadeberg, soprano Mimmi Fulmer, flutist Leone Buyse,
performance artist Claudia Stevens, and violinist Sonya Monosoff.
His chamber and orchestral works have been performed throughout
the United States, in South America, and in Europe. In addition
to frequent appearances as the conductor of contemporary music in
Virginia and New York, Cohen directs the University of Richmond
Orchestra.. Cohen is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department
of Music at the University of Richmond.
Marcy Day (804)924-6492