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Musical response to manmade and natural disasters presented April 14

John Sampen and Marilyn Shrude.jpgBOONE—Saxophonist John Sampen and composer and pianist Marilyn Shrude will present an 8 p.m. recital titled “Voices of Dissent” April 14 in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. A reception will follow the recital. The public is invited.

The program is a thematic representation of 21st-century composers’ and performers’ response to issues of war, violence, corruption and racism.

The recital begins with “Les Oiseaux” by Japanese composer and saxophonist Ryo Noda. Written in 1977, the composition is intended to address the dangers posed by pollution.

The duo also will perform “Lamentations (pour la fin du monde)” by Claude Baker which was written in response to the many tragic events of recent years, including tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, famines and wars.

The composition “The Fall of the Empire: Angel Shoot” was written for Sempen and Shrude by Frederick Rzewski. It explores humankind’s confusion of good and evil.

Shrude’s composition “Lacrimosa” was commissioned by Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and was premiered by Sampen and Shrude in 2006. The composition was written in memory of music students from Bowling Green State University and Indiana University who were killed in a plane crash in 2006.

Sempen and Shrude also will perform “Voices of Dissent,” which represents “protest” portraits by the composition faculty of Bowling Green State University; “Weapons of Mass Distortion,” which is Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith’s collage of events and statements leading up to the Iraq invasion; and Vache Sharafyan’s “Sonata,” which evokes an image of Armenia which has been haunted by centuries of invasion, war and holocaust.

Sampen is one of America’s leading concert saxophonists. He is particularly recognized as a distinguished artist in contemporary literature. He has commissioned more than 80 new works.

He holds degrees from Northwestern University. He is a distinguished artist professor and coordinator of woodwinds at Bowling Green State University.

Shrude received degrees from Alverno College and Northwestern University. She has been on the faculty of Bowling Green State University since 1977, where she teaches and chairs the Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory.

She is the founder and past director of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and co-directs the Annual New Music and Art Festival.