Contemporary Music Symposium Coming to UTC

The third biennial Contemporary Music Symposium, hosted by UTC, February 1-3, will be a celebration of collaboration across the arts. This event will feature concerts of new music by student composers and young professionals, and a world premiere of a new work by a collaborative team of composer, dancer, and visual designer. Those who attend will be able to meet and talk with some of the composers and performers.

On Thursday February 1, 1:40 p.m., in the UTC Roland Hayes Concert Hall, will be the UTC Campus Composers Concert. It is free and open to the public. A lecture-demonstration and conversation with composer Dr. Nick Demos, from Georgia State University is scheduled for Friday, February 2 at 3 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center Room 210. Demos has had performances by several major orchestras and has won a number of awards for his music. The event is free and open to the public. On Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Hall, "neoPhonia" a new music ensemble, will be in concert. Directed by Dr. Nick Demos, this performing group from Georgia State will present engaging works by living professional composers. Admission is free.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 3 in the UTC Fine Arts Center in room 210, award-winning composers Charles Norman Mason and Dorothy Hindman will present lecture-demonstrations on their music. This event is free and open to the public.

Campus Composers Concert 2, featuring music by students from Georgia State University, Birmingham-Southern College, and Brevard College begins on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. UTC Roland Hayes Hall. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

On Saturday evening, Feb. 3, the world premiere of WEAVINGS, a new collaborative work by composer Dr. Peter Temko, choreographer Ellen Rosa, and visual designer Robert Duffy will be presented. There is a $5.00 admission charge for this event. At 7:30 p.m., preceding the performance, the audience will have an opportunity to hear from the creative team about the new work. At 8:15 p.m., the performance will begin. Afterwards, all are welcome to stay for an informal mix and mingle time.

Temko, a retired professor of music formerly of UTC, is known to many music lovers in Chattanooga for his compositions and performances. Ellen Rosa is a dancer and dance instructor for the Chattanooga Ballet and teacher of modern dance at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Art. Robert Duffy is head of the Department of Theatre and Speech at UTC.

This Symposium is supported by a grant from Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga. For more information, call 425-4601, or visit the Website at www.utc.edu/music.

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