New Music Guild sets concerts for Jan. 25 and 28

Amy Williams

Amy Williams

The New Music Guild at Youngstown State University features piano and flute music in two free concerts this month hosted.

The concerts on Sunday, Jan. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 28 feature University of Pittsburgh Composer/Pianist Amy Williams, who will be assisted by Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Flutist and Youngstown native Lindsey Goodman.

The Jan. 25 concert is 4 p.m. in Sts. Peter and Paul Church (Holy Apostles Parish), 421 Covington Street in Youngstown. The second concert will be in conjunction with the YSU Dana School of Music’s Music at Noon program at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in The Butler Institute of American Art.

Williams, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., began piano study at four. After graduating from Bennington College and spending a year on fellowship in Denmark, Williams returned to Buffalo for her master’s degree and PhD in Composition. She has taught at Bennington, Northwestern University, and is currently associate professor of composition and theory, and director of the graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her works have been frequently performed in Europe, Canada, the United States and Brazil. In addition to her extensive solo work, Williams performs in the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo with Helena Bugallo, which has been featured at festivals in the United States, Europe, Mexico and South America. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiered her latest work, Flood Lines, last February.

Lindsey Goodman

Lindsey Goodman

Like Williams, Goodman is a new and experimental music specialist who has frequently performed as soloist with professional ensembles. Goodman studied flute with Kathryn Umble of YSU’s Dana School of Music. She is in her 14th season as solo flutist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

Goodman will perform Pittsburgh composer Roger Zahab’s “Suspicion of Nakedness,” his “Armory of the Heart,” and Judith Shatin’s “Penelope’s Song” for flute and electronics. The two musicians will play Williams’ “First Lines” for flute and piano. Williams will play a solo piano work, and present Youngstown composer, Robert Rollin’s “Night Thoughts II,” a piece inspired by the manuscript illuminations of William Blake.

Both concerts are free of charge and open to the Youngstown community.

There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception after the Sunday Jan. 25 concert, sponsored by the New Music Guild Inc. and Sts. Peter and Paul Church.