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Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band concert Dec. 3 to premiere concerto

November 30, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State University Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 in Tilson Auditorium.

The highlight of the evening will be the Indiana premier performance of Judith Lang Zaimont's concerto for piano and wind orchestra "Solar Traveller," performed by the Wind Orchestra, under the direction of John Boyd, and will feature Ja-Sing Lin as the piano soloist. The piece was commissioned in part by Kappa Kappa Psi, Lambda Lambda chapter and Indiana State University bands.

Inspired by the vastness, wonder, and beauty of sky and space, the "Solar Traveller" concerto features three movements: "Outward Bound," "Nocturne (Lunar)," and "Ad astra per aspera". Across the three movements both soloist and the ensemble experience the long-term compressive forces of space flight in musical terms: the kernel of each movement is a progressively smaller musical interval, closing by movement from a third, to a second, down to pounding unisons in the final movement.

Zaimont is an internationally-recognized composer with an impressive catalogue of some 100 works, many of which are prize-winning compositions. Her many composition awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1983-84); Maryland State Arts Council creative fellowship (1986-87); and commission grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1982); 2003 Aaron Copland Award, and a 2005-6 Artists Fellowship from the Bush Foundation, and the 2006-7 Kaplan Foundation wind ensemble commission.

Her music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. She also brings outstanding academic credentials to her musical activities, having served for many years as a distinguished composition teacher at New York's Queens College and Adelphi University, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Minnesota School of Music. She is now composing full-time and lives with her husband in the greater Phoenix area.

Born in Taichung, Taiwan, Lin graduated from the National Institute of Arts where he studied under Boris Lvov, Sergio Fiorentino, Sung-Jen Hsu and Mei-Ling Wang. He is currently studying with Frank Weinstock, chairman of the piano department and associate dean at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed as soloist with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, the National Institute of the Arts Chamber Orchestra, and the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra.

The orchestra will also perform "In Exuberant Celebration" by Roger Cinchy.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Doug Keiser, will perform "Moorside March" by Gustav Holst, Andrew Boysen Jr.'s "Symphony No.4," and two traditional works by Alfred Reed, "Greensleeves" and "Russian Christmas Music."

The concert is free and open to the public. A reception hosted by Kappa Kappa Psi will follow. For more information, contact the music department at 812-237-2771.

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Contact: John Boyd, director of ISU Bands, 812-237-2750

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing 812-237-3783, paula.meyer@indstate.edu  

 

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The highlight of the evening will be the Indiana premier performance of Judith Lang Zaimont's concerto for piano and wind orchestra "Solar Traveller," performed by the Wind Orchestra, under the direction of John Boyd, and will feature pianist Ja-Sing Lin.

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