The 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 premiere 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).