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Festival of Women Composers Presents Finale Concert

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The Lively Arts at IUP, with the Department of Music, will present the Festival of Women Composers Finale Concert as part of its Sound Choices series on Saturday, March 20, 2010. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center. The festival, bringing participants from across the globe, concludes four days celebrating the work of women composers with this public performance featuring works and performances by festival composers-in-residence Rosephanye Dunn Powell and Deborah Kavasch.

Deborah Kavasch

In addition to several solo performances, ensembles performing include the IUP Wind Ensemble, IUP Symphony Band, and a specially-assembled Community Honors Chorus conducted by Powell and comprised of students selected from four area high schools. Those schools include Clarion Area High School, Freeport Senior High School, Purchase Line High School, and Blairsville High School.

Some of the works that will be performed include “Amor” by Kavasch, “The Word Was God” by Powell, “Early Light” by Carolyn Bremer, and “Cathedrals” by Kathryn Salfelder. Additional works will include “Strut,” “Fanfare Ritmico” by Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon, and “Danza de los Duendes” by Nancy Galbriaith.

Kavasch—composer, soprano, and specialist in extended vocal techniques—frequently presents clinics on new music and women in music and has premiered a variety of new works. She has been described as a “multifaceted, multi-timbral vocalist” with “articulate radiance” and “astonishing range and agility.” She holds a B.A. in German and B.M. and M.M. degrees in music from Bowling Green State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California–San Diego and was also a 1987 Fulbright Senior Scholar to Stockholm. Kavasch currently is the chair of the Department of Music at California State University–Stanislaus.

Rosephanye Dunn Powell

Powell, an associate professor of music and coordinator of voice studies at Auburn University, holds degrees from Alabama State University (B.M.E), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and Florida State University (D.M.). She is an accomplished composer and arranger of choral music. During her career, Powell has distinguished herself as a researcher, interpreter, and performer of solo vocal works by William Grant Still and the African American spiritual. She has presented numerous recitals and lectures at churches, concert halls, universities, and professional meetings around the country.

This year celebrates the ninth Festival of Women Composers founded and hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania and includes a variety of other concerts that are free and open to the general public. For a complete schedule, visit the Ninth Festival of Women Composers webpage.

Tickets for the Festival of Women’s Composers Finale Concert are available at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or can be purchased by calling the HUB Ticket Office at 724-357-1313. Tickets are also available on line at IUP Tickets. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 7:00 p.m. the night of the concert. Tickets are $9 for regular admission, $8 for senior citizens (62 and older) and groups of fifteen or more, and $8 for I-card holders and all students. For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547, e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

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