Dr. Darleen Mitchell
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8632
Original compositions by Dr. Darleen Mitchell, University of Nebraska at Kearney associate professor of music and performing arts, will be performed on Monday, April 2, as a part of the Concerts-on-the-Platte series.
The event, titled “Music of Remembrance,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
Works performed will include “In a Timeless Sweet Land,” featuring Dr. Noah Rogoff, UNK assistant professor of music and performing arts, cello; and Dr. Andrew White, UNK assistant professor of music and performing arts, baritone. “Music of Remembrance” will feature Dr. Duane Bierman, UNK director of bands and percussion, percussion; Dr. Deborah Freedman, UNK associate professor of music and performing arts, conductor; Dr. Jan Harriot, UNK associate professor of music and performing arts, clarinet; Justin Kluver of Plainview, percussion; Dr. Mitchell, piano; Connie Moon, violin; Franziska Nabb, UNK lecturer of music and performing arts, flute; and Dr. Rogoff, cello.
“Illuminata,” will feature Nabb on flute accompanied by Nancy Curry, UNK staff member, piano. “Three Psalms” will be performed by Dr. Mitchell on piano and Dr. White, baritone. Performing “Antiphonal Dreams” will be Dr. Bierman on marimba and Dr. Seth Fletcher, UNK senior lecturer of music and performing arts, on euphonium. The evening will close with Dr. Mitchell’s newest composition, “Of Fragments, Borders and Holarchies,” featuring Dr. Mitchell, piano; Robert Mitchell, tuba; and Nabb, flute.
Dr. Mitchell has published more than 100 of her original compositions over the past 30 years. She has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including Illinois Art Council Grants, Artist Fellowships, Meet the Composer grants and a Florida Arts Council Artist Fellowship.
In 2005, she received the Nebraska Arts Council’s Distinguished Artist award, the Composer’s Commission for the Nebraska Music Teachers Association in 2006, and in 2007, a commission from the Lincoln-based Third Chair Chamber Players for “Music of Remembrance.”
She received a bachelor degree in music from De Paul University, a master’s of music from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Chicago, where she studied with Ralph Shapey and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Shulamit Ran. She currently teaches composition and organ, and coordinates the music theory curriculum as a professor at UNK.