Denison Welcomes 45th Parallel To Perform "New Music From the Edge"
Posted: October 11, 2004
The Denison University Music Department welcomes the duo 45th Parallel to perform "New Music from the Edge" at 8:30 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 18) at Burke Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Members of 45th Parallel are Timothy McAllister, a saxophonist, and Lucia Unrau, a pianist. "We first started playing together at the Interlochen (Mich.) Arts Camp where we are both on the faculty," said Unrau. "The name comes from the fact that Interlochen is near the 45th parallel."
The "New Music from the Edge" program consists of a wide range of music, including music that has been written by still-living composers. "Some of it is very tonal, so it won't sound strange to people," said Unrau, "other pieces are more on the edge."
Kristin P. Kuster, a composer who is serving as a visiting assistant professor at Denison University, wrote a piece for the duo that will be on the program.
McAllister, who will play both the alto and soprano saxophone, is both an acclaimed soloist and the soprano chair of the renowned PRISM Saxophone Quartet. McAllister has presented recitals in such venues at New York's Carnegie Hall and Rotterdam's Zaal de Unie. His recording of William Bolcom'sConcert Suite for Alto Saxophone and Bandreceived first-round Grammy Award nominations in three major categories in 2001.
In addition to her 45th Parallel work, Unrau has performed as a soloist and as a member of Electro-Metamorphosis. She was a finalist in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and winner of competitions in Texas, Ohio, Colorado, and Kansas. She has appeared with the Oberlin Orchestra and the Newton Mid-Kansas Orchestra. Unrau's CD recordings have been released by HDC Productions and Cambria Master Recordings in the United States, Europe and Japan. She teaches at Bluffton University.
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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