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38th Annual New Music Concert presented at MJC


38th Annual New Music Concert presented at MJC

(Modesto, CA) – The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents the 38th Annual New Music Concert on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.  A reception held in the Auditorium lobby will follow the performance.

The program will feature performances of original music compositions by student, faculty and local composers, and the New Music Ensemble will perform an original group improvisation.

The 38th Annual MJC Celebration of the Humanities Awards will be presented and winning compositions performed in the categories of classical music, popular music, electronic music composition and music solo performance.

Jeff Crawford, music instructor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA will perform his latest electronic music composition.  MJC instructor and Modesto Symphony pianist, John Hillebrandt will perform his Transcendental Etude No. 6.

MJC electronic music professor David Dow will perform his composition “Labyrinth,” which will also be performed at the 2015 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, March 26-28, 2015. MJC’s New Music Concert is coordinated and hosted by Dow.

MJC Off Balance Dancers will perform “In Our Time,” a collaborative creation based on a poem of that title by MJC dance professor Lori Bryhni, with choreography also by her, and music composed by Dow.

The New Music Concert was founded 38 years ago as a collaborative effort between MJC music professor emeritus Shirley Woodward and Dow to encourage students and faculty to create and perform new music.  After creating the music, students could enter their works in “The Manuscript Madness” composition contest and win cash prizes. This competition later became a part of the MJC Celebration of The Humanities student contest that is held each spring.



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