Dr. Antas, Dr. Carter and Dr. May in Concert
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WESTERN PRESENTS DR. ANTAS, DR. CARTER AND DR. MAY IN CONCERT
St. Joseph, Mo. - April 15, 2010 - Missouri Western State University's department of music presents a faculty recital by Dr. Linda Antas, director of music technology, with Dr. Nathanael May, assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy, and Dr. Susan Carter, associate professor and director of vocal studies, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in the Potter Hall Theater. The performance is free and open to the public.
Traditional and classic music pieces will be performed by Dr. Antas, on the flute, Dr. Carter, singing soprano, and Dr. May, on the piano.
''Still Standing Still,'' composed by Dr. Antas will be diffused with computer-realized multi-channel sound on Western's debut of the multiple channel audio system with 5.1 surround sound capability and potentially up to eight additional channels. The sounds in the piece were created using signal processing techniques including Fourier analysis-resynthesis, a wide variety of filters and granulation processes.
''A River for the Walls,'' composed and performed by Dr. Antas and will also use computer-realized multi-channel sound. ''For one listener, this piece inspired a vision of water condensing on the walls, trickling down, forming pools, streams and eventually a powerful river,'' said Dr. Antas. ''I was struck by this image, as it relates to various musical aspects of the piece and to its compositional process as well.''
''Ballade Pour Flute et Piano,'' composed by Swiss composer, Frank Martin, will be performed by Dr. Antas and Dr. May. Martins piece is clearly a masterpiece.
''Le Merle Noir,'' composed by French composer, Oliver Messiaen, will be performed by Dr. Antas and Dr. May. Messiaen's piece was inspired by the songs of the Eurasian Blackbird. Messiaen had a consuming, lifelong interest in ornithology and particularly bird songs. ''Le Merle Noir'' was the earliest of his pieces to be based mainly on birdsong.
''Silent Sphere,'' composed by Daniel Eichenbaum, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music student, will be performed by Dr. Antas and Dr. May. This piece is about the transformation of astronauts from engineers to artists. It begins in a mechanical, cramped environment and opens into an organic, spacious vista.
''L'an Trentiesme de Mon Eage,'' inspired by Archibald MacLeish's poem will be performed by Dr. Antas and Dr. Carter. The melodic content was created by generating rotating patterns of intervals and ''filtering'' them by ear and intuition.
''Exchange,'' composed by Dr. Antas' composition teacher during her doctoral work will be performed by Dr. Antas.
Dr. Antas is a composer, computer music and audio specialist, flutist and educator. Her compositions have been performed and broadcast around the world and are published on Media Cafe, TauKay, Centaur and EMS labels. Her areas of specialty include contemporary flute performance, composition for orchestral instruments, voice and electronically-created sounds, sound synthesis, algorithmic composition, audio recording and music theory and analysis.
Dr. Carter has performed internationally with companies including the Dallas Opera, Liederkranz Society of New York, Berkshire Opera, Rochester Opera, Syracuse Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dallas Symphony and Denver Symphony. She is certified as a Kundalini Yoga instructor and is the co-founder of The Well-Tempered Body, an organization providing workshops and master classes nationally on body awareness for performers.
Dr. May is a pianist inspired by the music of our time. His advocacy of music by living composers has resulted in numerous recordings and the premier performances of more than 25 works. He has presented recitals in the United States, Europe and the Near East and frequently collaborates on a wide range of genres, including new art song with the Florestan Recital Project; trios for violin, guitar and piano with Duo46; and a work for multi-media/improvisation with DJ Spooky. Dr. May is the founder and artistic director of the soundSCAPE composition and performance exchange, a festival for new music in Pavia, Italy.
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.