CNM Ensemble features composer Beck
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The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Riverside Recital Hall, featuring the CNM Ensemble with guest composer Stephen David Beck and guest conductor Bert Van Herck.
Stephen David Beck
Compositions by Beck, of Louisiana State University, will comprise the first half of the program. Beck will join with UI faculty and students to complete the first half with a performance of “inChucK” for laptops.
The second half of the concert will include performances of Igor Stravinsky’s Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra, conducted by Van Herck; “Terrene” by University of New Mexico faculty member Jose-Luis Hurtado; and “Functions of Consciousness” by John Aylward, a faculty member at Clark University in Massachusetts.
For detailed information about the concert and the performers, visit the CNM website.
Beck is the director of the LSU School of Music and associate dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts, where he is the Haymon Professor of Composition and Computer Music. He holds a joint appointment at the Center for Computation and Technology, and he served as the area head for the cultural computing focus area and director of the AVATAR Initiative in Digital Media.
His current research includes sound diffusion systems, high-performance computing applications in music, and virtual music instruments, a system of interactive computer programs that extend and expand on the performance capabilities of acoustic instruments.
Composer and conductor Van Herck, who holds a doctorate from Harvard, is a UI visiting faculty member. His compositional interests include large ensemble and orchestra, electro-acoustic, and microtonal tunings. Recent performances include the ISCM World New Music Days, the Huygens-Fokker Foundation and the EMM Festival.
The CNM, directed by David Gompper, is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For accommodations at the event, contact the School of Music at 319-335-1603. For a UI arts calendar and details on upcoming events, visit the new Arts Iowa website.