New Music concerts feature Hiram prof

Dawn Sonntag

Dawn Sonntag

Dawn Lenore Sonntag, assistant professor of Music at Hiram College and a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild, will be the guest composer at Youngstown State University’s New Music Society’s Annual Spring Concerts on Wednesday, March 26.

The concerts will be at 12:15 p.m. in the Butler Institute of American Art and 8 p.m. in Bliss Recital Hall on the YSU campus.

Sonntag is a composer, singer, pianist and conductor who holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Hochschule für Kirchenmusik, Heidelberg, and University of Texas, El Paso. The recitals will focus on her chamber music for voice and instruments. Her works encompass vocal, choral, orchestral, dance and film music and have been performed across the United States and Europe. Her first opera, Verlorene Heimat, will premiere at Hiram College in April.

Sonntag will be accompanied by pianist Karen Murphy, who has extensive experience performing in Minnesota, Arizona, on commercial recordings, and in premiering new works. Also performing will be flutist/oboist Paul Dreisbach, who teaches woodwinds at Hiram, and cellist Stephen Wagner, a Kodály pedagogical technique specialist.

Meanwhile, violinists Brendan and Karen Considine will perform “It’s My Turn to Have the Evening Off” by Youngstown composer Richard Zacharias. The title refers to the couple’s busy musical life, which vies for attention with their active upbringing of three children. Zacharias is an avid concertgoer and member of the New Music Guild Inc.

The concerts free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call the YSU Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.