Meet Dr. Ryan Jesperson, a music teacher at Hartt, and a composer whose music is steeped in the modern practice of blurring genres and skewing expectations. With a taste for eccentric rhythms and dissonant chord progressions, Ryan's music alludes to his jazz and rock roots while still firmly ensconced in the modern classical tradition. In 2011 Ryan completed a Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was a Chancellor's Doctoral Fellow and President of the Composer's GUILD.
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Shawn Kirchner, born in 1970, is a composer, arranger, singer, and pianist. He sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and was named its composer-in-residence in 2012. He earned a Master of Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Iowa. His projects for chorale include a book of psalms for chorus and strings ("Songs of Ascent"), a capella settings for the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and, in 2013, compositions for the poetry of Sylvia Plath, written for chorus, piano, and percussion ("Plath Songs").
In today's program, hear two short works on CD, his settings for two poems by the noted Chilean poet Pable Neruda (1904 - 1973), "Tu sangre en la mia" ("Your blood in mine"), sonnet 53, and "Tu voz" ("Your voice"), sonnet 52.
Russ Salk will bring his collection of recordings by contemporary composers for your listening pleasure. Enjoy musical excerpts and learn a bit about selected contemporary composers. Registration is appreciated.