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08 April 2015

Premieres to Highlight Lincoln Center Concert by Ithaca College Musicians

by Megan Christopher (Ithaca College Media Relations)


ITHACA, NY — Premiere performances of works by André Previn and Dominick DiOrio will highlight a concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall by musicians from the Ithaca College School of Music.  Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance on Friday, April 17, may be purchased through the Lincoln Center box office.

A preview concert will be held in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music on Tuesday, April 14. Free and open to the public, the concert will begin at 8:15 p.m.

Titled “MusIC of Our Time,” the program presents a blend of contemporary and new works performed by the Ithaca College Choir, Contemporary Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. The concert will feature the world premiere of “We Dance!” by Ithaca College alumnus Dominick DiOrio and the New York City premiere of André Previn’s “Music for Wind Orchestra (No Strings Attached).”

The Choir, conducted by Janet Galván, will sing the commissioned work “We Dance!” as the concluding piece in its portion of the program, which explores the dance between light and darkness. DiOrio, who earned his B.M. in composition from Ithaca College in 2006, won the 2014 American Prize in Composition (professional choral division) and is assistant professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

The Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by Jorge Villavicencio Grossman, will play Steven Stucky’s “Ad Parnassum,” which renders in musical terms the play of light and shadow in the Paul Klee painting of the same name.

Although primarily known as a conductor and pianist, Previn has enjoyed a number of successes as a composer. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Stephen Peterson, will play his latest work, which was commissioned by a consortium of college and professional wind ensembles, including Ithaca College.

Since the early 1970s, the School of Music has sponsored nine concerts at Lincoln Center, showcasing the high level of innovation and artistry among the school’s faculty and students in one of the most prestigious venues in New York City.

The performance is made possible through a gift from Charles Hack ’69 and Angella Hearn.

For more information, contact Jenny Stockdale, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at jstockdale@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3256.