poster for Festival of Contemporary MusicFESTIVAL TO FEATURE WORK ABOUT DRUG ADDICTION

TThe Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present the Festival of Contemporary Music on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.  Joining the University Percussion Ensemble for the concert will be the three percussion ensembles of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO).

Featured in the festival will be Diane Jones’s intense and powerful work “Caged” which deals with her experience of trying to help a family member addicted to drugs. It will be performed by the Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble. Jones will be at the performance to talk about “Caged” and the experience of coping with and the effects of the problems of drug addiction in a family.

Other works on the program will also be devoted to this topic. Three guests from the University Chamber Singers will perform Tom Paxton’s influential song “Cindy’s Cryin’” and the Empire State Youth Ensemble will perform Gordon Sumner’s poignant work “Fragile.” The performance will attempt to shed light on and give a sense of hope concerning this important topic that affects so many lives of both young people and the entire community.

The program will be rounded out with traditional percussion music including three “Children’s Songs” of Chick Corea arranged for vibraphone and marimba by David Steinquest, two works by Nathan Daughtry and “Canticle No. 1” by Lou Harrison which uses flower pots, “dragon’s mouths,” an assortment of rattles and gongs, a fire bell, a thunder sheet and traditional percussion instruments. The University Percussion Ensemble will perform Joseph Ott’s seminal work, “Quartet for Percussion,” a ground-breaking composition for its time.

Hailing from the Syracuse area, Jones has won numerous awards for her chamber works including the Billy Joel Fellowship, the Grace F. and Theodore Berger Award from the University of Delaware and three SAMMY Awards for her work with Samba Laranja. She is the midday host on WCNY-FM, Central New York's classical radio station, as well as the creator, host and producer of "Feminine Fusion," a nationally-syndicated weekly program highlighting women in the classical music world.

Advance tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.