Of electric guitars and broken glass

Meghan McCallum

Once every term, Lawrence holds “New Music on Sunday,” a recital of new compositions from students and faculty. This term’s New Music on Sunday will take place Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in Harper Hall.
Eight pieces will be performed at the recital, utilizing the musical talents of over 30 Lawrence students and faculty. According to composition professor Joanne Metcalf, the event will combine both traditional styles of music with some new sounds and experimental pieces. Most of the music on the program is contemporary classical, using traditional instruments, Metcalf said, but there is also some sampling of other genres and instruments.
Music instructor Stephen McCardell will be playing electric guitar in his improvisational piece, which also includes piano and double bass. Another unique performance on the schedule is instructor Mark Urness’ composition using double bass and electronics. One of the more traditional selections is Burcu G”ker’s quartet featuring two violins, cello, and piano.
Metcalf said that one of the night’s biggest performances will be Bryan Teoh’s “You’ll Never Know,” which includes both violin and saxophone quartets as well as two cellos, viola, piano, and percussion. The night will not include any jazz, however, because the Conservatory has many other opportunities for jazz performances, Metcalf said.
Usually about a term in advance, said Metcalf, students begin composing their pieces in the Lawrence studio. Once completed, the compositions are submitted to Metcalf. She then selects the pieces to be played in the recital.
Come see some fellow Lawrentians as they play this weekend in New Music on Sunday.