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USF Faculty/Student Recital: The Music of Francis Schwartz

Event Type: Music
Facility: School of Music (MUS)
Presented By: School of Music
Description: 
The Music of Francis Schwartz featuring USF faculty members Jay Hunsberger, Calvin Falwell, Jay Coble, Tom Brantley, Andrew Karr, and others as well as a world premiere for brass chamber ensemble. 

Come meet one of the world's leading composers of avante-garde "musical theater" and hear several 
of his compositions including "Wolfgang's Frolics", "Grey Road", and "The Headless Glory of Andre
 Chenier". 

Writing about one of Schwartz's compositions one critic wrote: "It took Francis Schwartz, an
American composer and noted 'polyartist', to open the windows on this occasion to let in a breath of
fresh air. For his Daimon II the performers had to communicate through body language beyond their
particular musical instruments. Rhythmic audible breathing, clapping and stamping added to the
sound picture. Grimacing, including silent screaming, made us aware that what is not articulated in a
given context is as important as what is worked out explicitly and audibly. The audience was drawn
into the performance by Joel Sachs, encouraged to participate with loud breathing and noisy
stamping. Even in its limited way (we remained rather decorous and muted) this was liberating.
Schwartz had opened the door as if to say 'we are here, come in and have some fun. It is not all
doom and gloom inside this ivory dungeon!' This work also leads one to question classical music's
staid conventions, or rituals, of audiences sitting silently in rows, immobile and passively receiving 
earfuls of sound."

Schwartz's powerful "On the State of Children" will be presented by Andrew Karr, horn and Jay
Hunsberger, tuba. Dealing with violence against children spanning the gamut from Nazi atrocities 
through Matthew Shepard this performance (a premiere of this version of the composition) is sure to 
have a profound effect on the audience. 
Date: 11/18/2012
Event Information: For additional event information, please visit: http://music.arts.usf.edu.
 
Purchase Tickets: AT THE DOOR Only-1hr prior to performance-No Internet Sales- $7 Adult/$5 Student & Senior
 
Location: Concert Hall-Stage
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
 
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