BAMA Concert – 5/15/12

Event: Birmingham Art Music Alliance Concert
Where: University of Alabama at Huntsville Department of Music
When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

On Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30 pm, the Birmingham Art Music Alliance will present a concert of newly composed works by its members. The concert will take place in the Music Department Recital Hall of the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The performers of the Alliance will be Adam Bowles – piano, Craig Hultgren – cello and Yulia Sakharova – violin. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance has a twofold mission of promoting music by Alabama composers and presenting concerts of recently created art music. Members of the Alliance include composers, professional performers, students, and enthusiasts who wish to preserve and maintain the long tradition of music as a living art form. The Birmingham News said, “The Birmingham Art Music Alliance has proved time and again that the experimental and avant-garde are still healthy and relevant.” The group’s web site is www.artmusic.org.

The program includes compositions by Monroe Golden – 81 for solo piano, Bryan Page – may i feel said he for ecello and speaking cellist based on an e.e. cummings poem, Don Bowyer Five Preludes for solo piano, Bill Denton – China Sonata for cello and piano, Matthew Scott Phillips’ Morning for piano trio and Sean Hickey’s Ampersand for violin and piano.

Monroe Golden, who lives in Pell City, uses a series of patterns in based on the 81 keys of the piano keyboard. Bryan Page is Minister of Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama. This is one of the latest installments of his various settings of the poetry of e.e. cummings. Don Bowyer is Chair of the University of Alabama at Huntsville Department of Music. Bill Denton is Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Alabama Symphony. He wrote China Sonata for his wife Wei Liu who is a cellist in the Alabama Symphony. Matthew Phillips is pursuing a doctorate in music composition at the University of Georgia in Athens. Sean Hickey lives in New York City and is a composer with an international reputation. He wrote Ampersand for Yulia Sakharova.

Violinist Yulia Sakharova is Assistant Concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony. Cellist Craig Hultgren is also a member of the Alabama Symphony and together with pianist Adam Bowles are the original members of Luna Nova a new music ensemble with one of the largest selections of contemporary music available for downloading on iTunes.