HIGH POINT, N.C., March 31, 2011 ? The Department of Music at High Point University will feature its own Dr. J.W. Turner, assistant professor of music, in a special recital to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 15 in Hayworth Chapel on campus.
The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
?Meditations VIII,? the eighth annual installment of the Meditations recital series, will feature contemporary music for solo cello including pieces by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Luciano Berio, and Benjamin Britten, as well as a world premiere performance of ?Quarter Dollar Tones,? written by American ex-patriot composer Jeffrey Harrington.
Turner, a specialist in contemporary solo cello literature, has been praised for his seamless and inspired performances. He presents annual installments of two ongoing recital series: ?Meditations,? which features masterworks of the 20th century repertoire, and ?Reflections,? which features current dedications and premieres. He has built long-standing relationships with a variety of composers and continues to assemble a repertoire of imaginative, innovative, and profoundly expressive music. In addition to his own performance series, Turner appears frequently as a guest at the New Horizons concert series at Radford University, as well as at conferences presented by the College Music Society, Southeast Composers League, and the Society for Composers, Inc.
Turner joined HPU in the fall of 2010 to develop and teach the integrated music core curriculum and assist with the instrumental program. He also serves as the music theory chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the College Music Society and previously coordinated the music theory curriculum at Winston-Salem State University.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.
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