Technology, Electronics, Music Intersect at New Music Ensemble Spring Concert

Jamal Duncan
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Jamal Duncan

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The New Music Ensemble will close its spring concert season with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Apr. 11, in the Fine Arts Center’s Stella Boyle Concert Hall. The public is invited and admission is free.

The contemporary program, Electric Currents, will blend electronic and acoustic sounds that celebrate not only the evolution of music but also the technology of music.

“Some may ask what the next 'thing' in music is, and this concert represents my answer to that question,” said Jamal Duncan, assistant director of bands and director of the New Music Ensemble. “We’ve selected a program that exemplifies where current trends are going as far as ‘new’ music is concerned. No longer are we relegated to the synthesizer as our only means of electronic musical influence. The sounds of electronica and numerous other influences come together to make an exciting future for music.” 

Lia Uribe Southern, assistant professor of bassoon, will be featured in The Avatar by Dana Wilson. Southern also serves as principal bassoonist for the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas and the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra as well as assistant principal bassoonist for the Fort Smith Symphony.

The concert is presented by the department of music in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

The program is as follows:

  • José / beFORe JOHN5, by Aurél Holló
  • Longing for peace in the garden of lost children, by Evan Chambers                                                                                                  
  • The Avatar, by Dana Wilson
- Intermission -
  • Stop Speaking, by Andy Akiho
  • Omnivorous Furniture, by Mason Bates

Robert Hopper, associate director of operations
University of Arkansas Bands

Darinda Sharp, director of communications
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences


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