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Uiversity Of Memphis's Imagine II Electro-Acosutic Music Festival Touts The Freshest Sounds In Contemporary Music
For release: Oct. 31, 2006
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This week, Nov. 2-4, the University of Memphis and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music proudly welcome the third annual Imagine II Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, a celebration of all things new and cutting edge in contemporary music.

An electronic music adjunct to the university’s longstanding Imagine Festival, Imagine II is the pet project of founder/director Mark Snyder, a U of M doctoral student in composition now based in Stafford, Virginia.

Composers from around the world will take part in this year’s Imagine II event, says Snyder. “It’s going to be the most exciting, action-packed and cohesive festival to date,” he says. “There will be tons of diversity, yet all pieces will connect really well like an album. You’re going to go up, down, feel happy, sad, get angry, laugh.”

The festival kicks off Thursday Nov. 2, at Jay Etkin Gallery, 409 S. Main in downtown Memphis, with nine works largely for fixed electronic and/or digital media as well as video. Imagine II then moves to Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Avenue, for the final two nights. Friday, Nov. 3, will offer six works performed by the Contemporary Chamber Players under director Kamran Ince plus a work for strings performed by the Graduate String Quartet, while on Saturday, Nov. 4, an additional nine works will be spotlighted, including pieces for piano and saxophone.

Acclaimed contemporary composer Russell Pinkston – Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electronic Music Studios at The University of Texas at Austin – will be the event’s featured composer. Other composers include Maurice Wright, who has written commissioned works for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Emerson String Quartet; Anna Rubin, who combines computer-generated music with Baroque instruments; and Michael Pounds, who will offer a selection which fuses the sounds of a wedding with that of a toy piano. Among those Memphis-affiliated composers taking part are Snyder himself, fellow U of M doctoral candidate Scott L. Hines, and LeMoyne-Owen College jazz studies professor Dave Lisik.

All events begin at 7:30 p.m. central and are free and open to the public. Call 678-5400 for more information.

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