Local composers get chance to shine

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54eec4fd4be2b.imageBy: RANDALL MOSSMAN
Staff Writer

IU South Bend is set to host an ensemble that will showcase young artists and composers from around the area.

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts will present “New Voices in Michiana,” an event by Ensemble CONCEPT/21 at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall in Northside Hall.

The event will feature a variety of compositions, selected from area young composers who range from high school students to graduate students. It will also allow time for audience members to informally converse with the performers.

Tickets bought in advance are $5 to $7, while tickets bought at the door are $9. Tickets are free for students and children. The box office will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to the performance.

Ensemble CONCEPT/21 is a new musical ensemble directed by faculty composer Jorge Muñiz. It focuses on performing and presenting music from the twentieth and twenty-first century. It also attempts to highlight the work of performers within the area. Ensemble CONCEPT/21 is in its second season, and will present a total of three concerts.

Muñiz is an accomplished composer whose work has been noticed around the country and the world. He received his master’s in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University, then went on to receive his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

The music of Muñiz has been performed around various countries in Europe, as well as the United States, by ensembles such as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Seville Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, among many more.

Muñiz has also won several awards that recognize his tremendous talent as a composer. He won the First Grand Prize of the European Young Composers Competition. Some of Muñiz’s other awards include: the Guerrero Foundation Music Prize, the Joaquin Turina Music Prize and the City of Alcobendas Composition Prize.54eec4fd4be2b.image

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