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February 28, 2014
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

Melago, guest artist, present concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kathleen Melago, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of music, and Jennifer Laubenthal, assistant professor of clarinet at Eastern New Mexico University, will continue their woodwind musical collaboration by performing a faculty and guest recital at 7:30 p.m., March 12, in SRU's Swope Recital Hall.

The pair will perform six musical works for woodwinds they co-commissioned, including a composition written by Stephen Barr, SRU professor of music, and Sean Hamilton, a May SRU music education graduate.

Barr and Hamilton plan to attend the performance.

Melago and Laubenthal, roommates at The Ohio State University, premiered the music Jan. 15 at Eastern New Mexico University.

They will perform the concert March 6 at Westminster College and March 9 at the University of Akron.

To commission music means to ask a composer to write a composition for a specific purpose or event, usually in exchange for payment and commitment to publically perform the work.

Barr wrote "Evocation for Flute and Bb Clarinet." According to notes Barr provided for the Jan. 15 concert, the work conveys two meanings; one, to bring to the conscious mind, or two, to elicit a response, as in evoking childhood memories.

"The music of this evocation does not attempt to do either in any concrete fashion," Barr said, "yet if while listening to it you are moved to daydream a bit, indulge in some flights of fancy, or commune with the infinite, no one will mind, and we will consider the piece successful in its intent."

Hamilton wrote "Five Thoughts on Vitality" for flute and clarinet.

"The piece deals with the processing of large-scale change, represented by systematic 12-tone compositional techniques, as well as intuitive compositional thoughts," Hamilton said.

"Throughout the piece, five main ideas are presented as a means to deal with looking forward, organizing chaos in the present and moving beyond things that once were," he said.

At SRU, Melago supervises music field experience students and teachers music education, woodwinds, guitar and rehearsal techniques. Barr directs three choral ensembles and the SRU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He is a composer and arranger of concert music for choirs, wind bands and orchestras. Laubenthal, a clarinetist, has performed as a soloist with the Mercer Community Band in Mercer and the Lima Area Concert Band in Lima, Ohio.

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