Keystone Chamber Winds Features Grammy-Winning Composer

Posted on 3/25/2009 9:24:46 AM

The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present Keystone Chamber Winds in a Sound Choices series event. The concert, produced by the IUP Department of Music, will be performed on Wednesday, April 1, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

Richard Danielpour

The Keystone Chamber Winds and the IUP Wind Ensemble will be joined by world-renowned and Grammy-winning composer Richard Danielpour for an evening of twentieth-century music. The second half will be devoted to the music of Danielpour with “Benediction” for brass and chimes opening the half. It was written for the New York City Ballet.

This will be followed by Danielpour accompanying faculty members Mary Logan Hastings, soprano, and Robert Peavler, baritone, on two arias from his opera Margaret Garner. The concert will conclude with a performance by the Wind Ensemble of Danielpour's powerful “Voice of the City.”

Danielpour studied at Oberlin College and the New England Conservatory of Music and later at the Juilliard School of Music, where he received a D.M.A. in composition. He teaches at both the Manhattan School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Logan Hastings

His current style favors a more ecumenical and “accessible” expression. He cites the Beatles—along with John Adams, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner—as influences on his more recent compositions. He also makes frequent references to Hemingway and Whitman, saying, “The emotion in prose and verse can be translated to music.”

The first half of the program will feature works by British composer Malcolm Arnold and American composer Robert Kurka. Arnold’s “Water Music” was written for the opening of a Shakespearean theater in England. Kurka’s “The Good Soldier Schweik Suite” is music taken from his ballet.

The Keystone Winds is a chamber ensemble comprised of IUP music alumni, faculty members, and advanced music students. The IUP Wind Ensemble is one of the premiere university ensembles, with both groups under the direction of University Professor and department chairperson Jack Stamp.


Tickets for the April 1 concert are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus. Tickets may also be purchased on line at Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the start of the performance. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for seniors and groups, and $6 for students and children.

For more information, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or the HUB Ticket Office at 724-357-1313.

Pictured above are composer Richard Danielpour (top), soprano Mary Logan Hastings, and baritone Robert Peavler.