The Frostburg State University Department of Music will celebrate the achievements of American composer Emma Lou Diemer in a special concert on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall.
The composer will be in attendance at this event, which is free and open to the public.
Highlighting the evening will be the world premiere of Diemer's "Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello," commissioned for FSU's Chamberlain Trio, with Dr. Ellen Grolman Schlegel on cello, Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon on piano and Dr. Laura Kobayashi on violin. The Collegium Music, under the direction of Dr. Karen Soderberg, will perform "Three Madrigals" and "Kyrie." FSU percussionist Ron Horner will present "Toccata for Marimba," and trombonist Bryan Anton will perform "Psalms 1 and 122 for Bass Trombone and Piano." The Laurel Brass, composed of Anton, Lori Anton and Sandra Woodward, will conclude the concert with the world premiere of the "Quartet for Trumpet, Horn, Trumpet and Piano."
Before the concert, at 7 p.m., Diemer will address the audience regarding her life in music and career as a composer. At the concert's conclusion, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with the composer and all participating musicians. During the week preceding the concert, Diemer will be composer-in-residence at FSU to speak with students, lecture in selected music classes and act as mentor and advisor to students interested in composition.
On Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m., Diemer will present an organ recital of her compositions at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Centre St., Cumberland.
Best known for her choral and keyboard works, Diemer has produced a diverse and sophisticated repertoire that also includes works for orchestra, symphonic band, chamber ensemble, voice, solo instruments and electronic instruments. More than 100 of her 350 compositions have been recorded, with many considered standard pieces.
Throughout her 50-year career, Diemer has considered communication with her audience as her highest musical priority. Her style is characterized by motoric, driving rhythms, along with lyrical, sweeping melodies and unusual, provocative harmonies.
A consummate musician, she is a teacher and accomplished performer as well as a composer. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University, and studied with noted composers Paul Hindemith and Roger Sessions. Now Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she has also taught at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Arlington, Va. public schools. Her awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Brussels, Yale University's Distinguished Alumni Certificate of Merit and the Kennedy Center's Friedham Award.
Now in her mid-seventies, Diemer is busy with commissions, which include "Homage to Tchaikovsky" for the Santa Barbara Symphony. She is the subject of a 300-page biography written by FSU Department of Music faculty member Dr. Grolman Schlegel. The book was recently published by Greenwood Press.
For more information, contact Grolman Schlegel at (301) 687-4117.
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