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March 21, 2011


University of Maine at Fort Kent Professor of Music and Education, Dr. Scott Brickman, will have his composition, Bagatelle sans tonalite, premiered on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at the Jan Hus Church in New York City. 

Dr. Brickman’s composition will be performed by pianist Shiau-uen Ding at Vox Novus’ new project entitled Fifteen Minutes of Fame. The project is part of Vox Novus’ Composer’s Voice concert series.
Pianist Shiau-uen Ding will perform music written for her "Liszt Bicentennial Bash", inspired by every possible aspect of composer and pianist Franz Liszt (1811-1886), including his personality, his music, and his philosophy. A native of Taiwan, she is a rising presence on the new and electro-acoustic music scenes. Ding lives in New York City and received her doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati. She has performed in France, Germany, Belgium, China, and throughout the US and Taiwan.
Brickman writes: “My Bagatelle sans tonalite is obviously inspired by Liszt’s Fourth Mephisto Waltz, which is subtitled “Bagatelle sans tonalite. I sought to interpret his motivic and harmonic material through the lens of a modernist composer of the 21st century. Additionally, the form of my piece and the figuration of the arpeggio runs, reference Liszt’s Waltz.”
Dr. Brickman holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Brandeis University.  His music has been performed throughout the United States, as well as in South America, Europe and the Middle East, and is recorded on the New Ariel, Capstone, SEAMUS and ERM labels.  In August 2010, Brickman’s 4th Piano Sonata was premiered at the International Piano Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, and in November, Brickman premiered his Piano Rap Music at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse festival of New Music.
Dr. Brickman has taught at UMFK since 1997.