World Premiere of September 11 Commemorative Composition

Posted on 11/14/2011 8:59:29 AM

The IUP Department of Music and IUP Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Jack Stamp’s “Canticle: Voces Candentes” on Thursday, December 8, 2011. The performance will be held in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The composition combines the forces of the entire Music Department, including the IUP Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and members of the IUP Chorale and IUP Chorus. Michael Hood, dean of the College of Fine Arts, serves as narrator.

“Voces Candentes” (falling voices) represents the feelings of the tragedy of September 11, including the horror as well as the love. The work was written in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 tragedy.

The librettist for the work is Ann Meek. Meek has published in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Seneca Review, Missouri Review (where she was awarded the Tom McAfee Discovery Prize), Water-Stone, Crazyhorse, and many others.

She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poetry prize, a Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship, the Minnesota Book Award, and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. She has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series.

Meek lives with her husband and daughter in Minneapolis, where she works as a freelance violinist and singer and is a professor of English at Normandale College in Minnesota.

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