HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 20, 2011 – The Department of Music at High Point University will feature its own Dr. J.W. Turner, assistant professor of music, in two programs in the Fall of 2011: “Contains Quinine,” a recital of music drawn from Turner’s forthcoming solo album of the same name, and “Reflections III,” the third installment of his annual series featuring world premieres and dedications.
Both concert events will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 and Nov. 10. in Hayworth Chapel on the HPU campus. The events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The Sept. 22 event, “Contains Quinine,” features music performed on “Meditations” and “Reflections” programs from the past eight years. The program showcases music by living composers from the United States, as well as Iran, Vietnam, Scotland and Italy, and includes four works originally premiered by Turner – two of which made their world debut at HPU. Selections that will be performed at the event include: “Trang,” by Vu Nhat Tan; “Celloalone,” by Glenn Smith; “Variant I, Op. 139 No. 3, by Alireza Mashayehki; “Ikebana,” by Andrea Ferrante; “Sonata for solo cello,” by Peter Nelson; and “Quarter Dollar Tones, by Jeffrey Harrington.
The Nov. 10 event, “Reflections III,” Turner will explore electro-acoustic music, in which the solo cello is paired with electronically generated and/or manipulated sounds. The “Reflections” series featured dedications and premieres, and Turner will perform two works written specifically for the program: “Prima pratica,” by Ferdinando DeSena and “Nevertheless, he tried a third time” by Tohm Judson. In “Primer pratica,” the accompanied electronic sounds were drawn from a recording of Turner himself, while in “Nevertheless, he tried a third time,” the electronic accompaniment will unfold in real time, processed from Turner’s sound in the hall. The program will also feature “Inner Space,” by Kyong-Mee Choi, and Michael Angell’s epic work “Sonata for Cello and Sound File.” Both of these works were originally written for virtuoso cellist Craig Hultgren, but after hearing a performance of Bruce Mahin’s electro-acoustic work, “Cyclic Maneuvers” at a College Music Society conference in 2008, Angell approached Turner and asked him to perform the sonata.
Turner, a specialist in contemporary solo cello literature, has been praised for his seamless and inspired performances. 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.
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