Fourth Annual Young Composers Recital Set For Wednesday

Dr. Darleen Mitchell
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8632

The Fourth Annual Young Composer’s Recital is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Recital Hall.
The recital features works of student composers currently enrolled in the UNK composition seminar class. Student composers include: Dan Korensky, a senior from Grand Island  majoring in composition and vocal performance; Takayuki Muto, a senior from Japan  majoring in composition; Deanna Tiller, a senior from Kearney majoring in vocal Performance and vocal education; and Ryan Head, a Kearney r esident majoring in music performance. The class is taught by Dr. Darleen Mitchell, UNK assistant professor of music theory and composition.

A theme which recurs throughout the recital is the presence of the past. Muto’s piano piece,Christmas in Foreign Country,  is a revival of romantic music with a 21st century twist. Muto also uses a medieval Japanese text in Aki no kehaim, sung by a baritone and accompanied by piano .  Ko rensky’s Rondo  for piano recalls classical forms and style, while his song cycle, A Perfect Spring Day , for oboe and piano, is in the style of mid-20th century minimalism. Tiller’s songs use 19th century poetry from Emily Dickinson set atonally for voice, clarinet and piano. Head has composed a modern work for guitar and cello.

The recital is free and open to the public.