Glenn McClure: Composer and Eco-Musician

with Katherine Skovira, soprano
Jean-David Coen, piano

Space, Ice, and Fire
Mining the Music from Data

  • Monday, October 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m. 
  • Cone Chapel, Willamette University
  • Admission is free and open to the public.

Glenn McClure

Composer Glenn McClure will share his work with scientists at the European Space Agency, the National Science Foundation in Antarctica, and Hawaii Volcanos National Park in giving a musical voice to the planet. His approach to sonification offers both an artistic vehicle for eco-musicians and a potent new tool for big data analysis. McClure will also explore the emerging roles for musicians who wish to join the dialogue on Climate Change. The presentation will culminate in the world premiere of Waiting for Pele performed by Dr. Katharine Skovira and based upon data from the Kilauea Volcano of Hawaii.

Glenn McClure is a composer, speaker, and scholar. For over 20 years, Mr. McClure has dedicated himself to building artistic and academic collaborations between students, scientists, classical and indigenous musicians. Mr. McClure has taught at the Eastman School of Music and currently serves on the faculties of Paul Smiths College and SUNY Geneseo.

Dr. Katherine Skovira is the Zeller Chair of Opera Studies and Director of Dramatic Vocal Arts in the Willamette University Department of Music. Skovira has performed masterworks of 21st- and 20th-century works with some of the world’s leading contemporary music artists, orchestras and festivals including Sir Simon Rattle, Maestro Lorin Maazel, Barbara Hannigan, the Lucerne Festival Academy, Bard Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. Skovira has collaborated with numerous composers and institutional partners, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Philosophical Society, American Composers Forum, University of Pennsylvania, and the Barnes Foundation.

Dr. Jean-David Coen the Artist-in-Residence and director of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series in the Willamette University Department of Music. His numerous piano performance credits include with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tanglewood, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival where he was member of the Piano and Chamber Music faculty for 24 years. Coen has also served on the faculty of the Colburn Summer Academy and is presently a member of the John Perry Academy in Los Angeles, the  Peng Academy in Palo Alto and the Beverly Hills International Festival of Music.

Sponsored by Willamette University and the Swindells Chair in Music.

For more information contact Dr. Mike Nord and the Music Department, 503-370-6255.

Willamette University

Music Department

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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