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Contrasting Inventions: Chamber Music for Strings, Winds, and Piano comes to the Reed College Chapel on March 9

TITLE: "Contrasting Inventions"

WHAT: Chamber music for strings, winds, and piano featuring performances by Timothy Christie on viola; John Sampen on saxophones; Maria Sampen, on violin; and composer Marilyn Shrude on piano.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9

WHERE: Chapel, Eliot Hall, 3rd Floor, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

COST: This concert is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: For more information, please call the public events hotline at 503/777-7755.

PROGRAM:
SONATA (2001) * by Marilyn Shrude
Performed by Maria Sampen and Marilyn Shrude

CONTRASTING INVENTIONS (1999) by Samuel Adler
Performed by John Sampen and Tim Christie

CONCERTO for Alto Saxophone, Piano and Strings (2000) * by Vache Sharafyan
Performed by Marie Sampen, John Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, and Tim Christie

TIERKREIS (1976) by K. Stockhausen
Performed by Marie Sampen, John Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, and Tim Christie

JOYCESKETCH II (1981) by David Schiff
Performed by Tim Christie

NOTTURNO: IN MEMORIUM TORU TAKEMITSU (1996) * by Marilyn Shrude
Performed by Maria Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, and John Sampen

RENEWING THE MYTH (1988) * by Marilyn Shrude
Performed by John Sampen and Marilyn Shrude

*Commissioned and premiered by Sampen and/or Shrude

Internationally recognized saxophonist Dr. John Sampen is dedicated to the promotion and performance of contemporary art music. His sponsorship of new music has resulted in premieres of over sixty works, including commissions by Rands, Subotnick, Cage, Adler and Babbitt. Sampen has also presented first performances of saxophone arrangements by Lutoslawski, Stockhausen and Tower. Sampen’s world-wide performances include concerts with the Nurnberg Symphony, the Biel Swiss Symphony, the Osaka Municipal Winds, the Toledo Symphony, the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italy and the New Mexico Symphony. He has recorded with the Belgian and Swiss National Radio as well as the Capstone, CRI, Neuma and Orion labels. A clinician for the Selmer Company, Sampen has presented master classes at important universities and conservatories in Asia, Europe and North America. Sampen is presently Distinguished Artist Professor at Bowling Green State University and past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance.


Award-winning composer/pianist Marilyn Shrude is an active proponent of contemporary music in America. Her honors include the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards for Orchestral Music, the Cleveland Arts Prize, Alverno College Alumna of the Year, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recent Rockefeller Foundation residency in Italy. Shrude’s compositions are performed internationally in Prague’s Smetana Hall, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, Brussels Town Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Shrude is founder of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and was director of the nationally-acclaimed BGSU New Music & Art Festival for 19 years. She served as chair of the Theory and Composition Department at Interlochen Arts Camp and was a visiting faculty member at Indiana University. She is currently Distinguished Research professor and chair of the Musicology/Composition/Theory Department at Bowling Green State University. Shrude has performed as collaborative pianist with John Sampen since 1972.

Dr. Maria Sampen holds bachelor and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan, where she was a student of Paul Kantor, and a master degree from Rice University, where she studied violin with Kenneth Goldsmith and chamber music with Paul Katz and Norman Fischer. Sampen has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States and has appeared as a chamber musician in Europe, Asia and North America. She performed with Pierre Boulez and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporaine at Carnegie Hall and served as concertmaster/solo violinist for productions of Bright Sheng’s opera, Silver River, in Singapore. Sampen has spent her summers performing as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival as well at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria, and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. An active proponent of contemporary music, she has collaborated with many composers including William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, John Harbison, John Zorn, Bernard Rands and William Albright. Sampen spent a summer season as violinist/violist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and is a member of the contemporary ensemble Brave New Works. In addition to an active performing schedule, Sampen remains a dedicated teacher. She is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.


Violinist and violist Timothy Christie studied music with Professors Andrew Jennings and Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan, earning bachelor and master degrees respectively. In addition to his musical studies, Timothy completed a second bachelor degree in English Literature. Following his studies at Michigan, he earned a fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has participated in prominent summer programs such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Musicorda, and the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak. Today, Timothy is an active chamber musician and proponent of contemporary music as the violist of the Dexter String Quartet and the solo violist of the contemporary ensemble Brave New Works. He makes his home in the Pacific Northwest where he serves on the violin faculties of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Timothy is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle.


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