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February 25th, 2010
Texas State hosts international music conference

STAFF REPORT

The International Joint Conference on Latin American Music and Modern Music is being hosted by Texas State’s Department of Music Friday and Saturday. The conference will feature lectures by educators on scholarly topics, as well as performances of both Latin American and Modern music. The even is free and open to the public.

“Our attendees will hear a lot of outstanding performances of both modern music and Latin American music,” said Nico Shuler, a professor in the School of Music. “For example, we will have 16 world premiere performances, which is a very high number even for international conferences.”

The event will feature a number of lecture presentations on Latin American and modern music, as well as special performances of modern compositions, mariachi and salsa music. Special emphasis will be given to modern music from Texas.

Keynote speakers include Central Michigan University’s Jennifer L. Campbell, who will speak on “Inter-Americanism in Music: Paul Bowles’ Pastorela,” and Dennis Collins from the University of Queensland in Australia, who will lecture on “Compositional Strategies in Modal and Tonal Canons, 1500-1750.”  Other lecturers include Jeff Nevin, Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA, and Milos Zatkalik, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.

Scattered throughout the two-day event will be dozens of musical performances. The event ends with a performance by the popular Salsa del Rio Saturday at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

The conference features such a variety of music and scholarship that it is recommended attendees visit http://www.txstate.edu/musicconf/ for a full listing of the program of events. Participants may also stop by the Music Building on the days of the event and pick up a conference program.

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