March 5, 2004
Scott Brickman, associate professor of music at the University of Maine at Fort Kent has recently had his composition International: Bridge: Peace (2003) for computer processed sounds played at the University of Mississippi at a meeting of the Southern Regional Chapter of the College Music Society and again at the inaugural Denison University New Music Festival in Granville, Ohio.
International: Bridge: Peace and Daughters of Israel (2004) for piano will also be played at Lafayette College in Louisiana on Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20.
The three events are part of this year's Northeast Chapter meeting of the College Music Society.
International: Bridge: Peace, a 10 minute composition, was written both for the 2004 Spring in Havana Festival and in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Daughters of Israel was written upon an invitation Brickman received by pianist Deborah Nemko, assistant professor of music at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Nemko is performing a recital in Boston, whose theme is "social consciousness" and is being held on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance day, for which Brickman composed this piece. Additionally, Nemko will be discussing Brickman's composition as part of her paper presentation "When the Political becomes the Personal: Musical Responses to Social Injustice", which is part of a session entitled "Inspiration and Instruction", which is being held March 19.
Nemko, who holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Arizona has appeared in concert throughout the United States, Great Britain, and the Czech Republic as both soloist and collaborative artist, and whose playing the Tucson Citizen (November 11, 1997) referred to as "...especially beautiful and incisive...." and "....the range and drama to give music its fullest treatment".... (Tucson Citizen, March 23, 2000). Nemko appears with flutist Gwen Powell on Alabado, a compact disc recording of music by contemporary composers of the South Western United States.
Brickman who was born in Oak Park, Illinois holds a B.M. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Brandeis University. His music has been performed in major cities throughout the United States as well as in Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Portugal the UK and Yugoslavia. Brickman teaches music theory and history at UMFK, is the co-chair of the New England Region of the Society of Composers, Inc. and also treasurer of the Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society. He has taught at the Chautauqua Institution, as well as having served as a reader for the High School Advanced Placement Music Exam.