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January 27, 2012

Highly renowned composer Eric Ewazen to visit ULM Feb. 7-9

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Division of Music is proud to host highly renowned composer Eric Ewazen on the ULM campus Feb. 7-9 for three days of music-making and coaching.

Ewazen's visit includes two evenings of concerts in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall, which are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Feb.7 at 7:30 p.m., Ewazen will perform chamber works with several members ULM's Division of Music faculty.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Ewazen will present his world premier of "Sonata No.2 for Flute and Piano", with ULM music faculty Dr. Sandra Lunte on flute and Dr. Richard Seiler on piano.

The duo will record this sonata as part of an upcoming compact disc recording project.

Also on the program Thursday night will be Ewazen's "Ballade for Flute, Horn, and Piano," which will be performed with the assistance of James Boldin, the division's horn professor.

Earlier in the day on Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall, Ewazen will speak about his compositions and career.

Ewazen became friends with ULM music faculty members Sandra Lunte and Richard Seiler when he heard their performance of his "Ballade, Pastorale and Dance" composition at the National Flute Convention in Atlanta 13 years ago, and he says that he is "delighted to have now had the opportunity to write my 'Second Flute Sonata' for them.

"The Sonata is in a traditional three movement structure, modeled after the great 19th century Classical and Romantic sonatas, exploring the wide range of expressions available to this virtuosic duo."

More about Ewazen:
Ewazen's music has been performed by distinguished soloists, chamber ensembles, vocalists, wind ensembles, and orchestras around the world.

His music can be heard on some 70 commercially released CDs by some of the greatest recording artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including performers from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

His compositions for brass, percussion and increasingly woodwinds and wind ensembles have become staples of the repertoire.

He has been a guest at over 150 colleges and universities worldwide, including 30 different countries and 47 U.S. states. He has also been a guest at many respected conservatories and music schools across the globe.

During the current season (2011-2012), his orchestral music is being performed by the Fort Wayne, Virginia, Bismark, and Colorado Symphonies, and in November 2012, his "Triple Concerto" for three trombones and orchestra will be premiered by the Buffalo Philharmonic.

His first symphony has been commissioned by the ShenZhen Symphony in China and will be receiving its premiere in 2013. The Thailand Philharmonic will be making its first commercially released CD in December 2012, and it will be an all-Ewazen CD.

His "Second Oboe Concerto" will receive its premiere performance in Seoul, Korea, in 2013.

He has been vice president with the League of Composers-International Society of Contemporary Music and has been a faculty member of The Juilliard School since 1980.

He received his bachelors of music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1976, and the master's degree and doctorate degrees from Juilliard in 1978 and 1980.

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