Judith Shatin’s Penelope’s Song for amplified flute and electronics will be performed by flutist Lindsey Goodman as part of her The Information Age Flutist: Made in the USA recital on Friday, February 28 at 12 noon at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 Fifth Avenue in Huntington, West Virginia. This is presented as part of the Marshall University Festival of New Music and 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival.  Ms. Shatin will be a guest artist and speaker at the Festival.

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… The original version of Penelope’s Song was composed for and edited by violist Rozanna Weinberger, who performed the American premiere at the University of Virginia in March, 2004.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/penelopes-song-flute-and-electronics/.

Other composers on the program are Roger Dannenberg, Jeff Nytch, Jessica Melilli-Hand, Grant Cooper, Rob Deemer and Mark Zanter.

Lindsey Goodman is a strong advocate for emerging composers and electroacoustic or multimedia works. She is an active commissioner of new pieces and has given over fifty world premieres, including seventeen solo and chamber compositions written especially for her. Goodman is principle flutist for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and is in her twelfth season as solo flutist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Visit her at http://www.lindseygoodman.com/.

For more information about the concert, call 304-696-6433 or visit http://www.marshall.edu/cam/.

Innova Records will issue Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn) CD this Spring, with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, 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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