(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).
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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