Several compositions by renowned composer Mark Phillips, an alumnus of the WVU School of Music, will be featured during a New Music Concert at the Creative Arts Center, Saturday (Oct. 25).

The free event begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).

The program will include two of Phillips’ compositions: “T-Rex” for trombone and electronic playback, and “Porch Music” for violin, cello and marimba.

Phillips is professor of composition, electronic music and theory at The Ohio University, where he was named a distinguished professor in 2007. An internationally known composer, his musical creations have been honored for their high level of craftsmanship, technical mastery and intellectual depth.

He is at the Creative Arts Center Oct. 25 to take part in the College of Creative Arts’ Alumni-in-Residence Series, in which noted graduates of the Schools of Art and Design, Music and Theatre and Dance return to the CAC to work with students.

Phillips, who grew up in Parkersburg, received a bachelor’s degree in composition, electronic music and theory (with a minor in trombone) from WVU in 1974. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in music from Indiana University. His many prestigious awards include the Barlow International Prize for Orchestral Music, which led to collaborations with conductor Leonard Slatkin. Following a national competition, Pi Kappa Lambda commissioned him to compose a work for the2006 national conference in San Antonio. His music has received dozens of orchestra performances by groups such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. His music has been recorded by Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lark Quartet and several solo artists.

Phillips will also present a forum for music students Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Both the forum and the concert will be held in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and are free and open to the public.

For more information about Phillips, visit his website.

For more information about the recital, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4359.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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