School of Music Hosts Festival

South Asia-themed festival includes three concerts.

Texas Tech University’s School of Music is hosting the ninth annual Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn Festival of Music April 10 - 12.

The South Asia-themed festival includes three concerts, all beginning at 8 p.m. in Hemmle Hall.

On April 10, the concert “New Waves in the Far East” and features younger Asian composers. The second concert on April 11 “Masters from the Pacific Rim” features established Asian composers. The third concert on April 12 “Ripples of the East” features western composers whose music is influenced by Asian elements.

The festival features Jiuan-Reng Yeh, guest zheng (Chinese zither) player from Taiwan and member of the Chai-Found Music Ensemble of Taipei. Yung-Hsiang Wang, guest violinist from Houston, interim director of the Bach Society in Houston and member of the Ars Lyrica, and Trio Solari, also will perform. Takuma Itoh, guest composer and assistant professor of composition at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, also will be a guest performer.

Van Appledorn was a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Music at Texas Tech from 1950 to 2008. She contributed to her field and enriched cultural and intellectual life of Lubbock through compositions and inspired teaching. She received 25 consecutive American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards for adventurous programming in the orchestra, chamber music and choral fields.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CONTACT: Mei-Fang Lin, assistant professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-2036 or mei-fang.lin@ttu.edu.