Crowley composition gets state debut here Saturday
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Community Orchestra and Symphony, led by conductor Alvaro Garcia, are joined by the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic for a concert Saturday, April 28, at 4 p.m. Part of the university's Community and Alumni Celebration held in the Rita Tallen Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, the concert features the Wisconsin debut of Professor James Crowley's composition "The Piezzoelectric Effect." Held in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall, admission is free.
This 60-minute concert begins with a selection of compositions performed by the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic under the baton of Dr. Alexander Mandl. The LYP is a premier high school orchestra program based at UW-Parkside and supported by the university's Music Department. Selections will be announced from the stage.
The concert continues with the UW-Parkside Community Orchestra and Symphony performing Crowley's single-movement work "The Piezzoelectric Effect."
"The title of the work describes the electrical mechanism that allows for electric guitar amplification," Crowley said. "In this case, a small musical motif is 'amplified' through the magnificent machinations of the modern symphony orchestra."
"The Piezoelectric Effect" was first performed by the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000, and Saturday's performance is the Wisconsin premiere.
The concert concludes with "The Suite Mlada" by Russian romantic composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Maestro Garcia calls this "a family oriented work popular in the repertoire of classical pops concerts."The UW-Parkside Community and Alumni Celebration brings together more than a dozen southeastern Wisconsin arts and humanities organizations for an afternoon of interactive art, theatre, music, and events from 2 to 5 p.m. For a complete list of events, visit www.uwp.edu and click "The Rita."