William Paterson University Hosts the West Point Band to Celebrate Hindemithon 2013 On April 7

William Paterson University’s 11th annual festival designed to celebrate the life and works of the German composer Paul Hindemith will include a special gala concert featuring guest artists of the West Point Band and the William Paterson University Wind Ensemble conducted by professsor Joel Craig Davis, on Sunday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Shea Center for Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the Music Department Scholarship Fund.

The 11th anniversary concert will include performances by Frank Pavese, piano; Ann Roggen, viola; the William Paterson String Ensemble; Christina Nicastro, soprano; Itay Goren, piano; William Paterson Brass Ensemble; SSG Sam Ross, clarinet; Staff Sergeant Miki Skinner, trumpet; Staff Sergeant Phil Helm, bass; Evelyn Estava, violin; Gary Kirkpatrick, piano; and Gabriel Valle, violin.

The Hindemithon also features master classes, lectures, presentations and discussions about the composer and provides faculty, staff, students, guests, artists and audiences an intense experience with his work.

Schedule of events for Sunday, April 7, 2013:

3 p.m. -- Afternoon Concert featuring guest artists of the West Point Band and William Paterson University faculty, students, alumni and guests.    

5 p.m. -- Master Class offered by guest artists of the West Point Band.

7:30 p.m. -- Gala Concert featuring guest artists of the West Point Band and the William Paterson University Wind Ensemble, professor Joel Craig Davis, conductor, and William Paterson University faculty, students, alumni and guests.

Hindemith, who was born in 1895, was a leading exponent of the neoclassic movement. Considered a musical radical as a young man, from the mid-1920s onward he was acknowledged both as one of the key modernist composers of the 20th century and as a teacher and theorist whose influence on younger musicians was unmatched. In his middle years, he rejected atonalism, the form of musical modernism associated with Arnold Schoenberg, and later criticized non-tonal music.

For additional information, contact Frank Pavese, artistic director of the event, at 973-720-4576.

04/01/13