UTSA Department of Music hosts New Music Concert April 1

Kevin Jones
Bruce Balentine
rehearsal

Top photo: Composer Kevin Jones
Middle photo: Composer Bruce Balentine with Moog synthesizer
Bottom photo: Rehearsal of "My New Voice"

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(March 28, 2014) -- The UTSA Department of Music will host the "New Music Concert" featuring the compositions of New York composer Kevin Jones and UTSA music faculty members Ethan Wickman and James Balentine. Free and open to the public, the concert will be 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 1 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus.

The evening will include several pieces for electronic and electronically manipulated sounds by Kevin Jones as well as a live, speech-driven composition for four actor-speakers.

Wickman's original piece "Mirages" for electric guitar and fixed media will showcase the talents of guest guitarist Jeremy Grall.

Another concert highlight will be the world premier presentation of a dramatic song cycle from the original opera "My New Voice" by James Balentine and Bruce Balentine. The opera focuses on an eccentric inventor-artist who is disabled and cannot speak. The artist's words and inner thoughts are provided by speech synthesis.

UTSA music faculty members participating in the opera include Linda Poetschke (soprano), John Nix (tenor), Rita Linard (flute), Laura Kelly (clarinet), Cindy Balentine (horn), Ben Westney (cello) and Kasandra Keeling (piano).