New Music from Bowling Green
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Exciting cross-section of new sounds in orchestral music.

Here is an interesting package of contemporary music, highlighted by a performance of the Symphony No. 2 by Karel Husa in its world premiere recording. The Bowling Green Philharmonia was founded in 1918 by decree of the university president. It is a combined student-faculty ensemble. In the last several years the orchestra, with conductor Emily Freeman Brown, has established a wider reputation through its performances at the Bowling Green New Music and Art Festival. Don Freund was born in Pittsburgh and studied at Duquesne University and the Eastman School of Music. His teachers included Darius Milhaud, Charles Jones, Wayne Barlow, Warren Benson and Samuel Adler. Chris Theofanidis was born in Dallas, Texas and holds degrees from Yale, Eastman and the University of Houston. His piece On the Edge of the Infinite was composed to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi Empire in Monaco. Sam Adler's Requiescat in Pace is dedicated to the memory of John. F. Kennedy and was written in Dallas during November, 1963, immediately after the assassination. The Canadian composer, Jeffrey Ryan, studied both in his native Canada and at the Cleveland Institute with Donald Erb. Writes Mr. Husa: "Although not written in a classical or romantic style, my symphony nevertheless reflects symphonic form.'' Marilyn Shrude is professor of music composition and director of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green. Into Light was written at the request of Henry Charles Smith for the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the opening concert of the 67th season of the Interlochen Arts Camp in 1994.
Contents:
Samuel Adler, composer
Requiescat in Pace
Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor

Don Freund, composer
Radical Light
Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor

Karel Husa, composer
Reflections (Symphony No. 2)
Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor

Jeffrey Ryan, composer
Ophélie for Soprano Solo, Three Accompanying Sopranos and Large Orchestra
Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor, Myra Merritt, Traci Cotterman, Irina Yurkovskaya, Jennifer Wesco, soprano

Marilyn Shrude, composer
Into Light
Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor

Chris Theofanidis, composer
On the Edge of the Infinite for Violin and Orchestra
Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor, Movses Pogossian, violin

Review:
"The Bowling Green Philharmonia is an excellent student ensemble, capable of playing new pieces in a broad range of styles with skill and conviction. On the current Albany disc, they are led by their music director, Emily Freeman Brown, in a program that would be the envy of many professional orchestras - or at least should be. Compositions by Don Freund, Chris Theofanidis, Samuel Adler, Jeffrey Ryan, Karel Husa, and Marilyn Shrude add up to a vital picture of the American compositional scene. All of these pieces have their attractions, but the highlights for me are the Husa Symphony, with its plaintive delicacies, and Shrude's brief, colorful Into Light, which manages to squeeze a symphony's worth of music into 3-1-2 minutes. Albany's sound is very good - warm and detailed." (American Record Guide)
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