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1996 Conference, Concert 1

Friday, March 15, 1996, 3:00 p.m., Fine Arts Recital Hall, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Three Pieces for string trio (1995)
Winner, 1995 WAC Student Composition Competition
Tim Kamps
Ann Polishinski, violin
Jason Fruit, viola
Charles Stephan, cello
Scherzo (1995) Jason Fruit
James Chaudoir, clarinet
Jason Fruit, viola
Charles Stephan, cello
Movement in Three Parts for String Quartet (1995) John Endicott
The Amici String Quartet
Georgia Albright, violin
Ann Polishinski, violin
Jason Fruit, viola
Charles Stephan, cello
Music for B-flat Clarinet and Trombone (1996)
Jay Mollerskov
Chris Zello, clarinet
Max Day, trombone
Reflections upon a Windowsill (1991) Al Benner
Paul Kramer, oboe
Al Benner, piano
Temporal Games--String Quartet No. 1 (1995) Dan Maske
I. Determination
II. Dreams and Meditation
III. Destination
The Lakeside String Quartet
Gerald P. Loughney, violin
Mary Pat Subjak, violin
Lynn Trinkl, viola
Angela Schmidt, cello

Tim Kamps, winner of the 1995 WAC Student Composition Contest, studies composition with James Chaudoir. He is a high school student and a member of the Green Bay Symphony and the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Three Pieces for String Trio uses thematic materials interchangeably in all movements. The second piece is in ABA form and the outer movements are freer in form. In the Third piece, elements from the first and second pieces are isolated and other melodies combine to create dissonance.

Jason Fruit studies composition with J. Chaudoir and is a viola performance major at UW-Oshkosh.

Scherzo is composed with constant eighth-note repetitions and frequent changes of meter, creating a feeling of rapidly flowing music.

John Endicott studied composition with Bruce Wise and James Chaudoir and plans to continue composition studies at Louisiana State University.

Movement in Three Parts for String Quartet is based on ostinato and melodic materials. These figures go through compositional transformations such as fragmentations and augmentations while each section restates at its end the original material.

The Amici String Quartet was formed in 1995 by music majors at UW-Oshkosh.

Jay Mollerskov is a first-year Music Theory/Composition major at UWM. He has been studying with Yehuda Yannay since the summer of 1995.

Music for B-flat Clarinet and Trombone explores the sound possibilities of the instruments employed. It is based on three pitches subjected in the course of the work to different forms of inversion.

Al Benner's works have been performed throughout the Southern United States as well as in Massachusetts and New York. A winner of ASCAP Standard Awards for several years, he was commissioned by the Louisiana Sinfonietta and the Magnolia Trio. He is founder of A & L Musical Enterprises, Inc. and editor of Composer/USA, a bulletin of the National Association of Composers USA. He holds degrees from Tulane University and a DMA in composition from Louisiana State University.

Reflections upon a Windowsill portrays shadows of reflected sunlight passing through a window. Written in a loose ABA form with a coda, the composition explores an expanding oboe melody over a piano accompaniment based upon harmonies produced by fifths. The work was a commission from the oboist Jennifer Potochnic and was premiered with the composer on the piano in 1992.

Dan Maske is a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee. He studies composition with Dr. John Downey and has also studied with Dr. Jon Welstead. Dan Maske writes on Temporal Games: "The title of this piece comes from the circumstances surrounding the period in which I wrote it. The spring of 1995 was my final semester as an undergraduate and the most chaotic time of my life. I was working on four different pieces at once: too much to do in too little time. The first movement is characterized by tempo changes and syncopation and stresses the attack sound of the instruments. The second movement is mostly slow. Special effects and melody help create atmosphere which is representative of a break in my busy schedule. The ending of this movement sees a sudden return to the fast driving tempo, symbolizing my desire to get back to work. Movement three is similar to the first in its energy. Though syncopation is still a major characteristic, sections of imitative counterpoint are mixed in using some of the slow melodic gestures and themes from the second movement at a much faster tempo to create intensity. The fast tempo remains fairly constant throughout, symbolizing the desire to reach my goal or destination."

The Lakeside String Quartet is made up of undergraduate music majors at UW-Milwaukee.

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