UofL kicks off concert season with world premiere in faculty gala


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville School of Music will kick off its 2011-2012 concert season with its annual Faculty Gala concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 26 in Margaret Comstock Concert Hall on Belknap Campus.

    More than 30 faculty artists will perform in solo and ensemble settings. Performances will feature music from the 1500s to the present including a world premiere.

    Composer-in-residence Steve Rouse’s piece “Big Fiddle Dances, Mvt. 1 ‘Earth Dance’”” will be performed for the first time by Paul York, cello, and Sidney King, bass.

    Other featured artists include Edith Davis Tidwell and Emily Albrink, both sopranos; Andrey Walstrom, mezzo-soprano; and David George, piano, who will perform the Act III trio from the 1911 comic opera “Der Rosenkavalier ‘Marie Therese! Hab mirs gelobt.’” Albrink and Walstrom will be making their first Faculty Gala appearances.

    Gist Piano Center sponsors the gala. There is no admission charge, but people are encouraged instead to make a donation to the music student scholarship program. A reception will follow.

    “The audience should look forward to outstanding performances by a talented and enthusiastic faculty,” said Christopher Doane, School of Music dean. “The gala continues to be a great way to introduce the performance season for the School of Music.”

    Each academic year UofL’s music school presents more than 200 concerts and recitals, most of which are free to the public. Concerts scheduled for this fall semester include: