Composer and pianist, John Newell, will perform at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in Fox Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The performance's program is entitled American Landscapes, and includes the work of UMFK Professor of Music, Dr. Scott Brickman, Samuel Barber, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, Charles Ives, Roberto Pace and Newell.
During his performance, Newell will premier the composition “Seawall,” written by UMFK's Dr. Brickman.
According to his website, http://johnnewellmusic.com, John Newell is what you might term a contemporary classical composer. Like many of his colleagues, though, he draws from a variety of musical traditions. His objective is to create works that arise from his personal journey and response to the world.
Since completing his doctorate in 1979 John has pursued an independent path, finding inspiration in the beauty and wonder of nature, in poetic and visual imagery, and in what he learns from the world's sacred traditions.
John's works have been noted for his originality, clarity, and expressive power. He is equally at home composing for vocal ensembles, chamber groups and orchestra. His recent works include a one movement piece for orchestra, a set of chants and mantras for vocal solo, several choral works, a set of preludes for flute and a string quartet. He very much enjoys the process of working with musicians who have an interest in presenting new works, and welcomes inquiries about opportunities for collaboration.
For further information about Newell's performance, please contact the UMFK Student Activities Office at 834-7850.