Contemporary Music Ensemble: Works of Donald R. Womack

Donald R. WomackThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Con­tem­po­rary Music Ensem­ble will present a pro­gram in hon­or of the fifti­eth birth­day of long­time UH Music Depart­ment fac­ul­ty mem­ber Don­ald R. Wom­ack. The pro­gram on March 10, 2016, will con­sist of Wom­ack com­po­si­tions for Kore­an, Japan­ese, Chi­nese, and West­ern instru­ments. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at 2411 Dole Street on the UH Mānoa cam­pus. Tick­et prices are $10 gen­er­al admis­sion, $6 seniors/​students/​UH fac­ul­ty and staff (UH Mānoa music majors free).

The UH Con­tem­po­rary Music Ensem­ble, direct­ed by Pro­fes­sor Thomas Osborne, is devot­ed to the com­posers and music of our time. The ensem­ble has giv­en the pre­mière per­for­mances of works writ­ten by estab­lished com­posers as well as up-and-com­ing stu­dent com­posers. Wom­ack and Osborne are both mem­bers of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies faculty.

For the Wom­ack pro­gram, the ensemble’s stu­dent per­form­ers will be joined on stage by guest artists Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang (vio­lin), Soo Yeon Lyuh (haegeum), I-Bei Lin (cel­lo), and Jonathan Korth (piano).

Don­ald Wom­ack is the com­pos­er of more than eighty works for orches­tra, cham­ber ensem­bles, solo instru­ments, and voice. He holds doc­tor­al and master’s degrees in com­po­si­tion from North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty and has received near­ly one hun­dred grants, awards, and com­mis­sions. His inter­ests lie in enrich­ing a tra­di­tion­al approach to com­po­si­tion with the pos­si­bil­i­ties of cul­tur­al inter­change inspired by Hawai‘i. His work with Asian instru­ments has placed him in the van­guard of inter­cul­tur­al com­po­si­tion (for more about Womack’s work, see the Depart­ment of Music Web site).

The March 10 pro­gram will include Womack’s com­po­si­tions Break­ing Heav­en for shakuhachi, cel­lo, and koto; Splashed Ink for vio­lin and guzheng; fff for cel­lo and piano; Sori for haegeum, cel­lo, and jang­gu; and An Infi­nite Moment for vio­lin and piano.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the event, con­tact Thomas Osborne (thomasao@hawaii.edu).