USF Faculty/Student Recital: The Music of Francis Schwartz
"The Music of Francis Schwartz featuring USF faculty members Jay Hunsberger, Calvin Falwell, Jay Coble, Tom Brantley, Andrew Karr, and others as well as a world premiere for brass chamber ensemble.
Come meet one of the world's leading composers of avante-garde ""musical theater"" and hear several of his compositions including ""Wolfgang's Frolics"", ""Grey Road"", and ""The Headless Glory of Andre Chenier"".
Writing about one of Schwartz's compositions one critic wrote: ""It took Francis Schwartz, an American composer and noted 'polyartist', to open the windows on this occasion to let in a breath of fresh air. For his Daimon II the performers had to communicate through body language beyond their particular musical instruments. Rhythmic audible breathing, clapping and stamping added to the sound picture. Grimacing, including silent screaming, made us aware that what is not articulated in a given context is as important as what is worked out explicitly and audibly. The audience was drawn into the performance by Joel Sachs, encouraged to participate with loud breathing and noisy stamping. Even in its limited way (we remained rather decorous and muted) this was liberating. Schwartz had opened the door as if to say 'we are here, come in and have some fun. It is not all doom and gloom inside this ivory dungeon!' This work also leads one to question classical music's
staid conventions, or rituals, of audiences sitting silently in rows, immobile and passively receiving earfuls of sound.""
Schwartz's powerful ""On the State of Children"" will be presented by Andrew Karr, horn and Jay Hunsberger, tuba. Dealing with violence against children spanning the gamut from Nazi atrocities through Matthew Shepard this performance (a premiere of this version of the composition) is sure to have a profound effect on the audience. "