Andrew Glendening Trombone Recital
The Denison University music department presents a recital featuring Andrew Glendening, trombone, and Richard Lopez, piano, playing the American premiere of Assistant Professor Ching-chu Hu's "Ribbons" as well as two Bulgarian pieces. The faculty recital is set for 8 p.m. on Wednesday (March 19) in Burke Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public.
The evening program includes "Three Contrasts" by Krassimir Taskov and "Song and Play" by Maria Valtchanov, which Glendening discovered while playing at the 4th annual American Music Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria in Nov. of 2002. The duo will also play the Sonata in B flat major by Vivaldi, Fantasy Pieces Op. 73 by Schumann and "Thoughts of Love" by Arthur Pryor.
The recital features Hu's "Ribbons." "Ribbons are ubiquitous in our society today," said Hu. "They may be a sign of patriotism, indicate political affiliation, medical concerns and social issue awareness. My work 'Ribbons' is in three continuous sections where all the motivic material derives from a six-octave scale, or 'ribbon' of pitches." The first public performance of Hu's work was at the American Music Festival in Bulgaria last fall.
Associate Professor Glendening is chair of the department of music. An active proponent of new music for the trombone, Glendening has premiered more than 100 works including three concerti. In 1998 he was awarded Morehead State University's Distinguished Creative Productions Award for his solo CD titled "Pathways: New Music for Trombone." Glendening earned his bachelor's degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his master's and doctoral degrees at Indiana University, all in trombone performance.
Lopez is a member of the adjunct faculty at Denison and at Capital University in Columbus. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. He has produced two CDs featuring well-known Columbus musicians.
Assistant Professor Hu has been a composition fellow at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the May in Miami Festival, the June in Buffalo Festival, and at the Advanced Center for Composition at the Aspen Music Festival. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Germany, China, Australia, and Taiwan. He has written the score for "The Life and Times of Jimmy B.," a film by Alison McDonald, which recently received a Directors Guild of America Award.