Here's what's happening on the music scene

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Special concert

The 18th annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana.

Since it began in 1996, the competition, directed by University of Illinois associate professor emeritus Zack Browning, has drawn a total of 3,775 entries from composers worldwide. The 2014 competition drew a record 353 entries, according to Browning.

The first-place winner, Nina C. Young, 30, described by a Boston Globe critic as having a "John Cage-like boldness in experimentation," will be at the concert to hear her winning composition, "Traced Upon Cinders," for 13 musicians, performed by the Illinois Modern Ensemble directed by UI composition Professor Stephen Taylor.

Young, who will receive the $1,000 award, is a doctoral student at Columbia University in New York and has degrees in music and ocean engineering from MIT and McGill University.

The second-place award of $500 went to Aurlio Edler-Copes for "Encore Seule" for baritone and five musicians. The Brazil-born Edler-Copes lives in France, where he is an associate composer at the Compagnie clats in Bordeaux.

The third prize of $250 went to David Coll of Oakland, Calif., for "Act," for soprano and 12 players. Coll received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in music from the UI.

Coll also will attend the concert. He and Young 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. And at 7 p.m. Monday, both composers will talk about their music as part of the Global Crossroads program in the Carr Lounge of the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall in Urbana. The public is invited to both of the free presentations.

In addition to the winning compositions, the award concert will feature Mr. Martirano's "Octet," once described as "a delicately orchestrated canvas of pungent sonorities and airy textures." An Afterglow reception honoring the winning composers and featuring the Chris Beyt Trio will take place in the Krannert Center lobby, after the concert.

The UI School of Music sponsors the Martirano competition and concert in memory of Mr. Martirano, a UI professor of composition from 1963 to '95 who died soon after retiring. Tickets to the concert are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for students.

Opera in Watseka

Sugar Creek Opera in Watseka will present Wolfgang Mozart's family friendly opera, "The Magic Flute," July 10-12, 2015, its 13th season. A full cast list and the performance schedule will be released later.

"I want to produce a family friendly opera for our patrons," said Helen Todd, a soprano and founder and the general director of Sugar Creek Opera. "'The Magic Flute' will be a wonderful experience for the entire family. Set in a mythical land, where a magic flute provides protection in the age-old battle of good versus evil, this opera is funny, lighthearted and entertaining."

Todd, a Watseka native and professional opera singer, will sing the lead role in Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot" in the Musica Viva Hong Kong production on Dec. 13 and 14 at the Hong Kong City Hall, Concert Hall.

"This is a truly exciting time for me, having performed the role at Minnesota Opera last year with stage director Renaud Doucet and designer Andre Barb," she said in a release. "The opportunity to take all that I learned from Renaud and Minnesota Opera overseas to Hong Kong in my first international Turandot performance is exhilarating."

Free workshop

The Urbana Pops Orchestra will once again offer high school strings player a free workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Urbana Middle School, 1201 S. Vine St.

Admission is free, but advance online registration is required at

In the workshop, strings players will work on the orchestra piece selected for this year's Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Orchestra auditions. The sectional lessons will be taught by Urbana Pops Orchestra musicians.

After the sectional work, the students will come together for an all-strings session led by Louis Bergonzi, a UI professor of conducting and music education/strings.

Even strings students not planning to audition for the All-District Orchestra are encouraged to participate in the free workshop. Participants who stay until 3:30 p.m. might have an opportunity for additional instruction by UI music students.

For more information, email orchestra manager John Gorecki at

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