WMU News

Caribbean musical tradition evident in recital

March 28, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Compositions by Noel Allende-Goitia, a member of the music faculty at Western Michigan University, will be performed in a free recital Thursday, April 1, at 8:15 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Allende's music draws heavily from the Caribbean musical tradition, mostly from Puerto Rican musical elements. Pieces like "Havana" (string quartet) and "Dulce Atabal" (for alto recorder and piano) are examples. The April 1 concert, titled "Summer Time," will feature music composed between 1992 and 2002. It will include works for solo piano, string quartet, trombone ensemble, flute and piano and electronic music.

Western Michigan University graduate students and faculty will participate: the La Catrina String Quartet, a group composed of four Mexican musicians, will perform two string quartets; and pianist Yelena Wells will premier the second work in a trilogy for solo piano titled "The Leelanau Trio." Other artists contributing to this event are trombonist Michael Haisten and pianists Yu-Lien The and Michael Haddad

Allende-Goitia is a teacher of music and humanities. During the past two years, he has been teaching Direct Encounter with the Arts, and classes on music research and music of the Caribbean. His Ph.D. in music composition, with an emphasis on music sociology and enthnomusicology, is from Michigan State University.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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