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Press Release

Barbara Laskin

New Music Series at Macalester
Celebrating Contemporary Music and Jazz
First event featuring Yehudi Wyner

St. Paul, Minn. – Composer Yehudi Wyner, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music, will help inaugurate “New Music at Macalester,” a ongoing series celebrating important, new contemporary music and jazz, 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, on the Macalester campus.

The series’ first event will showcase Wyner in an unusual one-man-show format, presenting four of his works and featuring acclaimed Twin Cities’ soprano Maria Jette.  Violinist Young-Nam Kim, well known to audiences as leader of the Chamber of Music Society of Minnesota, will perform Wyner’s Dances of Atonement with the composer as pianist.  Macalester students and faculty will also perform, including Cary John Franklin, who will conduct Wyner’s chamber work On This Most Voluptuous Night

The concert is free and open to the public.  It will be presented without intermission and is planned to last about an hour.  Immediately following the concert there will be a reception, and audience members are cordially invited to stay and meet the composer and performers. 

“New Music at Macalester” is made possible by a generous gift from the Rivendell Foundation of New York. 

Macalester is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1,884 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, diversity and civic engagement.