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A Residency and Concert Series showcasing the music of British composer Cecilia McDowall
Thursday, February 19, through Saturday, February 21, 2015
Winter in Madison is a cold season. The School of Music will take things down to -70 in February, when it hosts the first-ever United States residency of British composer Cecilia McDowall, showcasing her music in a festival featuring the US premiere of her work Seventy Degrees Below Zero, a cantata for solo voice (to be sung by faculty tenor James Doing) and orchestra, which was commissioned in 2012 by the City of London Sinfonia and the Scott Polar Research Institute. Trumpet professor John Aley is organizing the festival.
Mills Music Library has what you need to prepare yourself: scores of McDowall scores — including Cavatina at Midnight, for clarinet, cello and piano, which will receive its first US performance during the three-day festival — and recordings of McDowall works programmed for the festival, including Tapsalteerie, for solo piano, to be performed by Christopher Taylor, and Ave Regina, for mixed chorus, to be performed by the UW Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir, directed by Bruce Gladstone.
For more information about the festival, please see the School of Music announcement.
Come to Mills and bundle up for the journey across McDowall’s musical landscape!