Judith Shatin’s Penelope’s Song for soprano sax and electronics will be performed by saxophonist Susan Fancher on Monday, February 25 at 7:30 PM in the Music Recital Hall on the campus of Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. in Ashland.

This will be part of a concert by the University’s Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, conducted by Rhett Bender. They will also present Mark Engebretson’s SaxMax, with Ms. Fancher as soloist, and works by Hilary Tann and John Anthony Lennon. More about the Saxophone Orchestra at http://saxophone.sou.edu/the-orchestra/ and more about Susan Fancher at http://home.earthlink.net/~fanch/Susan.Fancher/Welcome.htm.

The composer writes about the work, “Penelope’s Song was inspired by Homer’s epic, the Odyssey, which is about the travails of Odysseus…It also tells of his wife, Penelope, Queen of Ithaca, waiting for him…This piece is a tribute to her, and sings of her own adventures. The electronics were created from a recording I made of local weaver Jan Russell working on wooden looms. I processed and shaped these materials, weaving a new sonic fabric, using RTcmix, running under Linux…This version, for soprano sax and electronics, was commissioned by Susan Fancher.” She has recorded the work for Innova Records as part of her In Two Worlds collection – http://www.innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=360. More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/?p=537.

Tickets for the February 25 performance are $5, free for students. For more information, call 541-552-6348 or visit http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130221/ENTERTAIN/130229994/-1/NEWSMAP.

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

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