Composer and Pianist Present Concert at Denison University
Posted: March 14, 2005
Pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi will perform a concert of works by composer Phillip Schroeder at 8 p.m. on Wednesday (March 23) in Denison University's Burke Recital Hall (240 W. Broadway). The concert is free and open to the public.
Schroeder and Astolfi are both members of the faculty at Henderson State University (Ark) and have collaborated on a recent disk, "Phillip Schroeder Music for Piano." A recipient of numerous awards, commissions and academic honors, Schroeder has composed music for orchestra, wind ensemble, live-electronics, chamber ensembles, choir, instrumental solos and voice. He has four solo discs on the Capstone Records label.
"Even in moments of dramatic intensity, Schroeder's piano works are meditative in the best sense of the word," says Denison Assistant Professor Kristin Kuster. "They draw the listener into moments of unanalyzed perception -- the piano's timbres and beautiful sonorities among the objects of contemplation. Within this sonorous landscape, the composer gradually unfolds his melodic and harmonic ideas."
Schroeder earned his bachelor of music degree at the University of Redlands, a master's from Butler University and his doctorate in music theory and composition at Kent State University. Among his awards are the Delius Composition Contest, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Composers Award and the New Music for Young Ensembles Competition. He has hosted 14 contemporary music festivals and conferences and serves as the Region VI co chair of the Society of Composers, Inc.
Astolfi has an active and diverse musical career. Although she is an avid performer of repertoire ranging from the Renaissance era to the present, her keen interest in new music has led to the performance, premiere and commission of many new works. She has been featured on live broadcasts as well as on recording on the Capstone label. She earned a bachelor of music degree at the University of Alberta, her master's at McGill University (both in Canada), and her doctorate at the University of Minnesota.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Concert with pianist Jeri-Mae Astolfi and composer Phillip Schroeder; 8 p.m., Wednesday (March 23), Burke Recital Hall (240 W. Broadway). Free and open to the public. Call 740-587-6220 to confirm information.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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