William Paterson University Hosts Virginia Tech Music Faculty for 12th Hindemithon Anniversary Celebration on April 10

The 12th Hindemithon Anniversary celebration, celebrating the life and works of the famous German composer Paul Hindemith, will be presented at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at William Paterson University in Wayne. Both performances will take place in the Shea Center for Performing Arts on campus. Faculty from Virginia Tech University will offer master classes to William Paterson brass and woodwind students following the midday performance. The gala concert at 7:30 p.m. will feature guest artists, faculty, students and alumni. Admission is free for all events.

Featured works on the concert are “Hindemith’s Sonatas” and “Three Pieces for Five Instruments,” which will be performed by Virginia Tech music faculty members Jason Crafton, trumpet, and Phillip O. Paglialonga, clarinet. Cellist Joseph Kimura and pianist Frank Pavese, William Paterson music faculty, will perform Phantasiestück op. 8/2.” Pavese will also perform “In einer Nacht (Dreams and Experience), 14 short pieces, Op.15.” Pavese, who is the director of the celebration, was described by The New York Times as a pianist with “energy and commitment” whose playing is “persuasive and especially sonorous.” Kimura teaches cello at William Paterson and is a Juilliard graduate who has performed in numerous orchestras, movie and TV commercial orchestra soundtracks and Tony Award-winning Broadway shows.

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.