Concert of 21st century composers presented on campus

Charlie Benton


A concert of 21st century classical music by various composers was presented on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Connie Sills Kossen Auditorium of Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus.

Several works by composers of the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA) Mid-South region were performed. Composers included Joe L. Alexander, professor of theory, composition and low brass at Louisiana Tech University; Lori N. Ardovino, professor of clarinet and saxophone at Montevallo University; Alan Goldspiel, Olga Harris, professor of music composition at Tennessee State University and a former student of Aram Khachaturian; William Price, associate professor of music at University of Alabama at Birmingham; and MUW music professors Valentin Bogdan and Richard Montalto. Compositions for instruments ranging from flute to soprano saxophone to Theremin were performed.

Julia Mortyakova, pianist and chair of the MUW music department also participated, as did Zane Lynn, tenor and administrative assistant in the MUW Music Department.

“It was a wonderful honor to hear new music from our region performed here at MUW,” said Mortyakova.

Other Department of Music events this month include a cello recital by Deidre Emerson on Thursday, Feb. 6. MSU Philharmonia’s “Listen to The Movies” concert will be performed on Tuesday, Feb. 1. A voice recital by the baritone, Chris O’Rear will be performed on Thursday, Feb. 20 , and a solo piano recital by Fabio Paranni will be performed on Tuesday, Feb. 25. All events start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Connie Sills Kossen Auditorium in Poindexter Hall. More information can be found online at