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Concert of new works

Concert features new works by John McKinnon

File photo / In addition to teaching composition and arranging at EOU, John McKinnon also leads classes in advanced theory, brass pedagogy, world music and ethnomusicology and electronic music. Hear some of McKinnon’s new works performed by fellow faculty at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14 in Groth Recital Hall (Loso Hall 126).

New works by music professor showcased

News contact: Laura Hancock, University Advancement, 541-962-3585 

LA GRANDE, Ore. April 4, 2017 An informal concert featuring new compositions by John McKinnon, professor of music at Eastern Oregon University, is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14 in Groth Recital Hall in Loso Hall, Room 126.

The short concert comprises 30 minutes with EOU music faculty playing several of McKinnon’s new works. Decaf coffee and scones will be served and admission is free.

McKinnon will introduce each piece with a brief explanation.

“Nobody can take more than 30 minutes of new music,” McKinnon said, “so we thought we would provide an informal setting with great performers who everyone knows and loves.”

McKinnon added that all of his compositions were written with a specific faculty member in mind. Featured performers are Peter Wordelman, Jamie Jacobson, Mio Aoike, Luke McKern, Greg Johnson and Matt Cooper.

Several of the works are settings of poems by David Axelrod, professor of English, Tom Madden, emeritus professor of English, Irish poet Seamus Heaney and June Jordan, a Caribbean-American poet, essayist and activist. One of the works is also based on the artwork of Doug Anderson, a professor of art at Pacific University.

> Learn more about EOU’s programs at www.eou.edu/music.