A composer at 70: Jerry Owen's music of the last decade in concert

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2015-02-20 08:46:57 - General

Jerry Owen
Jerry Owen
Alma A. Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music

In celebration of his 70th birthday year, Iowa composer Jerry Owen will present a concert of his own music Sunday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. The fourth in a series of concerts presented in review of the previous decade's new pieces, this concert will include seven works featuring 10 of Iowa's most prominent performers. Iowa poet and Coe English Professor Ann Struthers will make a special appearance to read from her book of poems, "Stoneboat."

Admission to the concert is free and no tickets are required.

The program includes two works for harp in chamber settings. The "Suite for a Little Angel" and "The Angel's Little Brother" feature harpist Gretchen Brumwell and flutist Jan Boland, and the latter features clarinetist Christine Bellomy. The jazzy "Swing Fugue and Fantasy Variations" will be performed by world-famous flutist Harvey Sollberger, master guitarist Todd Seelye, and the person for whom the piece was written, bass soloist Volkan Orhon.

Poet Ann Struthers will introduce each poem used by the composer as the singing text in "Five Songs." Mezzo soprano and Director of Drake University's Opera Theater Ann Cravero is soloist, accompanied by Orchestra Iowa pianist Miko Kominami. Violinist Tarn Travers and pianist Miko Kominami will perform the virtuosic work "Dance Moments," later to be joined by cellist Eric Kutz in the trio "Samba a trois."

The concert will conclude with the energetic "Mr. Raggity's Subline Dance" for cello and piano with Kutz and Kominami.

Jerry Owen is the Alma A. Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music at Coe College. He has been critically acclaimed as the "Dean" of Iowa composers, as a "state treasure," and for creating works of "genius." After a 38-year-long career teaching composition and music theory, as well as conducting ensembles, Owen continues to compose for artist level performers and to publish his music. He stays in close touch with new music in Iowa through his leadership role in the Iowa Composers Forum.

Jerry lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife of 48 years, Marilyn.