Carleton MacySt. Paul, Minn. – A retrospective of music composed by Professor Emeritus Carleton Macy will be performed at Macalester College on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Macy will play tenor recorder at the concert. Other performers are John Jensen, pianist; Zeitgeist (Heather Barringer, Patti Cudd, Pat O’Keefe, Shannon Wettstein); Emma Lynn, soprano; and Rose Rinder, flute.

The program includes “Affirmation,” a sonata for solo piano; “Five Little Pieces” for solo piano (premiere); “Quietude” for clarinet, marimba, and piano; “Spiral” for bass clarinet, marimba, vibraphone and piano (premiere); “Monogram AGM” for solo flute; “Birthday Music for Alexander Morgan Donahue” for soprano singer and tenor recorder; and “Birthday Music for Elizabeth McLean Macy” for soprano singer, clarinet, marimba and piano.

Macy’s composition catalog includes more than 120 works for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, vocalists, traditional Chinese instruments, and jazz ensembles. His music can be heard on CDs produced on the INNOVA label (American Composers Forum), on DAPHENO (a French company specializing in saxophone music), and other CDs produced by various professional ensembles in the United States and Europe. Among his most popular works are woodwind quintets and saxophone quartets. He has twice won the commission award at the National Symposia for New Woodwind Quintet Music held at the University of Georgia. His saxophone works have been performed throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, and are featured on four different CDs.

Macy has taught theory and composition at Macalester since 1978. He has directed and performed with a chamber ensemble specializing in medieval, renaissance, and baroque music. He established the MacJazz big band in 1979 and directed that ensemble until 2005.

No reservations are required. For more information, contact the Music Department at 651-696-6808 or go to and click on events.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement.

October 4 2010

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