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April 10, 2009

UI Center for New Music will go 'Off-Center' for April 25 concert

The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) will present "Off-Center," a free concert presenting new works by composers from the UI and the University of Chicago, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25, in Macbride Hall Auditorium.

A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the CNM is directed by UI School of Music faculty member David Gompper. Part of the UI Division of Performing Arts, the center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists.

The April 25 concert is part of the CNM's effort to reach out to composers from other parts of the country. In this case, the program includes work by Allison Ogden and Eun-Young Lee from the University of Chicago; UI alumni Lisa Bost-Sandberg and George Hufnagl; and current UI graduate students Zachary Fischer, Matthew Dotson and Christopher Gainey.

The complete program for the concert will be:

--"Fluxion" for solo flute by Lisa Bost-Sandberg, performed by the composer.
--"The Night, Nothingness, and Life" for drum set by Zach Fischer.
--"Prairie Spring," a song for soprano and piano by George Hufnagl.
--"Wandering" for solo alto flute by Eun-Young Lee.
--"Left Unsaid" for electronics by Matthew Dotson.
--"Sonata Vitae" for solo flute by Christopher Gainey.
--"Luna" for marimba by Zachry Fischer.
--"surface.horizon" for violin, two percussionists and electronics by Allison Ogden.

Program notes for these pieces can be found on the CNM Web page

A former Presidential Scholar who graduated from the UI with highest distinction and honors, Bost-Sandberg is currently teaching flute at Clarke College in Dubuque, the flutist with the Wild Prairie Wind Quintet and principal flute of the Ottumwa Symphony. For more information visit

Hufnagl received a master's degree in composition from the UI. He currently lives in Champaign, Ill. For more information visit

Ogden is the co-founder of the Chicago-based new music group the Fire Wire Ensemble. An advocate for multimedia collaborations and cross-cultural partnerships, she received a doctorate in music composition and computer music from the University of Chicago in June 2008. For more information visit

A native of Korea, Lee has won several international composition awards. She is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago and last year participated in the Atlantic Center for the Arts as an associate artist-in-residence. For more information visit

Dotson, Fischer and Gainey are all doctoral students in music composition at the UI. Dotson's music has been performed at electronic and electro-acoustic music festivals in both North and South America. For more information visit

Fischer is the recipient of the 2008-09 Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize in composition at the UI.

Gainey holds degrees in composition, guitar performance and music theory from the Peabody Conservatory and is currently the guitar instructor at Coe College. For more information visit

The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.

In 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc., the world's largest performing rights organization, and it recently received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Today, the Center for New Music is supported by the UI Division of Performing Arts.

The CNM and the School of Music are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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