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Will Ogdon Memorial Concert

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


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Join us as we honor the life of Founding Chair of the Music Department, Will Ogdon. He and Robert Erickson, the Department of Music's first two professors along with Tom Nee, wanted to build a department that embraced and promoted aesthetic diversity, and has since grown into a fortress of experimental music, thriving on its students' thirst to explore the depths of music. As a teacher of both theory and composition, Ogdon also composed music for his students, such as his “Tonal Songs,” not typical for their tonality, but utterly recognizable for their distinctive expressiveness and among his most beautiful music. Since retiring in 1991, Will Ogdon continued to write music every day. His music composed between 1995-1999 filled an entire CD, produced in 2001. We remain ever grateful for all that Will has given us and inspired in us.

Emeritus faculty Ed Harkins will speak in the concert. Ed worked closely with Will. Compositions: the oldest was composed in 1955 (the Kechwa Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano)  and the latest (A Little Suite and an Encore Tango for two violins, Will's last composition) 2008. Performers include:

Faculty members: 
Phil Larson, baritone
Aleck Karis, piano
Robert Zelickman, clarinet

Current or former students: 
Rachel Beetz, flute
Jennifer Bewerse, cello
John Mark Harris, piano
Siu-Hei Lee, piano
Batya MacAdam-Somer, violin
Victoria Mature, soprano
David Medine, viola
Shiba Nemat-Nasser, mezzo-soprano

From town:
Sidney Green, oboe
Warren Gref, French horn
David Savage, bassoon
Daniel Pate, percussion
Päivikki Nykter, violin and viola

Post show reception will follow in the North Courtyard.

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