17th annual Martirano concert set
URBANA — The 17th annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Tryon Festival Theatre of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The first-place winner, Luis Antunes Pena, 40, who was born in Portugal and now lives in Cologne, Germany, where he teaches, will be at the concert to hear his winning composition "im rauschen rot" ("rushing in red") for double bass, percussion quartet and electronics. The first-place prize comes with $1,000.
Pena's piece will be performed by the Illinois Modern Ensemble, directed by Stephen Taylor, a professor of composition at the University of Illinois.
The second-place award of $500 went to Daniel Moreira for "The King from Papatua" for baritone and chamber ensemble. The Brazil-born Moraira lives in Hamburg, Germany, where he teaches.
The third prize of $250 went to Alexander Khubeev for "Sounds of the Dark Time" for chamber ensemble. The Russian-born composer is a post-graduate fellow at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Khubeev also will attend the concert. He and Pena will discuss their music at the Composers' Forum at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1201 of the UI Music Building, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.
Also on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., both composers will relate their experiences as international artists. That talk will be part of the Global Crossroads Program in the Carr Lounge of the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall in Urbana.
The public is invited to attend both of the free presentations.
The award concert also will feature Mr. Martirano's epic solo piano piece "Stuck on Stella," with guest soloist Tomoko Ono, and Edwin London's "Love in the Afternoon," performed by the Illinois Tuba Quartet.
Mr. London, who died in January, taught music composition at the UI from 1969 to '78 and was a colleague and good friend of Mr. Martirano.
An Afterglow reception with music by the Chris Beyt Duo will take place after the concert in the Krannert lobby.
The UI School of Music sponsors the Martirano competition and concert each year in memory of Mr. Martirano, a UI professor of composition from 1963 to '95, who died soon after retiring.
The competition, directed by UI associate professor emeritus Zack Browning, has drawn more than 2,500 entries since it began in 1996. The 2013 competition drew 260.
Prices to the Martirano concert are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for students.