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Concert Featuring Composer Institute Fellows May 31 at Diehn Center

A Virginia Arts Festival concert, featuring each of the composer fellows of the John Duffy Composers Institute, will be held Sunday, May 31, in Old Dominion University's Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The concert, titled "Masterworks in the Making: A Concert of Premieres by the Fellows of The John Duffy Composers Institute," will celebrate the works of each of the composers, part of the fifth annual Composers Institute.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in the Diehn Center's Chandler Recital Hall.

Also this month, the Diehn Composers Room of the Old Dominion University Libraries continues to feature the exhibit "From Pen to Page to Stage: Scoring for Suspense: Music for the Movies."

The exhibit focuses on select early horror film scores and the composers that made the genre what it is today, with their innovative use of instruments, instrumentation, and corresponding motifs and visual cues. By pushing the envelope of sound and image cues, these composers were able to create an astounding emotional response to their music and the images on the screen. These unsung heroes' names of the horror genre may often go unrecognized, but chances are that people have been spooked by their music. Highlighted composers and scores include John Williams' memorable "Jaws" theme; John Carpenter, the mind behind the chilling Mike Meyers theme in "Halloween"; and classics such as Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho," "Vertigo," "Citizen Kane" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

The exhibit also showcases John Duffy, Charles Wuorinen, Libby Larson, Alan Johnson, Rhoda Levine and Patrick Mason, the master composers and faculty of the 2009 John Duffy Composers Institute, and their respective works.

The exhibit is available for public viewing at the Diehn Composers Room, 189 Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, through Nov. 3. The Diehn Composers Room is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information call Jessica Mirasol, librarian archivist for music collections, at 757-683-4175.

This article was posted on: May 26, 2009

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