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USU's Música Viva to Host Composer Philip Rothman

Friday, Mar. 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

Contact: Sergio Bernal (435) 797-0487
Source: Music Department
            LOGAN — Composer Philip Rothman will be on hand when Música Viva, Utah State University’s contemporary music ensemble, appears in concert. The concert is Monday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the USU Performance Hall.
            Tickets are available at the Performance Hall box office prior to the concert. Admission is $5 and USU students with ID are admitted free.
            “A special feature of this event is that Mr. Rothman will be present and will talk with the audience about his music and his experience as a composer,” said music department faculty member and Música Viva director Sergio Bernal. “Much of the live concert music we hear today is from the past, by composers who have been long dead. It is very exciting for us to work with the composer as we prepare to present his music. We cannot do the same with Mozart and Beethoven, but luckily, we can with Philip Rothman.”
            Four contrasting works by Rothman make up the evening’s program and point to the composer’s versatility, Bernal said.
            “A hauntingly beautiful ‘String Trio’ and an inventive ‘Twelve Haiku’ for marimba and baritone voice open the concert,” he said. “After intermission, the audience will hear a forceful ‘Escapade’ for solo piano and ‘Six Miniatures’ for wind quintet.”
            Música Viva brings together outstanding students from USU’s music department who perform with faculty and guest artists. The ensemble focuses on landmark works of the 20th century as well as recent compositions.
            Logan Canyon Winds, an ensemble based in USU’s department of music, is the featured faculty ensemble for the March 26 concert. The ensemble will perform “Six Miniatures.”
            USU students performing with Música Viva include Kristi Geddes, Aubrey Rasmussen and Jenete St. Clair in a string trio; Brantley Henderson and Alissa Kirk, performing in “Twelve Haiku;” and Christopher Guerriero, performing in “Escapade.”
            “We look forward to a vital and highly personal experience of making music with Mr. Rothman at our splendid Performance Hall,” Bernal said.
            Rothman’s compositions have been performed by the Utah Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Maryland Symphony, National Philharmonic of Lithuania, Juilliard Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, U.S. Military Academy Band and numerous other ensembles. His work has been featured at prominent conferences, and his film work includes orchestrations for “Hollywoodland,” a Focus Features release.
            Rothman earned a bachelor of music degree summa cum laude from Rice University and his master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded a full scholarship.
            For information on the concert or Música Viva, contact Bernal at (435) 797-0487.

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