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Convocation Series presents music of Curtis-Smith

Jan. 17, 2008

KALAMAZOO--"The Music of C. Curtis-Smith," will be featured at the School of Music Convocation Series program at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Series programs are open to the public free of charge.

Guest soprano Mary Bonhag will perform accompanied by composer Dr. Curtis Curtis-Smith on the piano. The program consists of two Curtis-Smith song cycles, "Chansons Innocentes," three short poems by e.e.cummings, and "A Civil War Song Cycle," settings of Civil War poems of Herman Melville and Walt Whitman.

Award-winning composer Curtis-Smith is a professor of music and 40-year member of the WMU faculty. Among his numerous honors, the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers has recognized Curtis-Smith with 26 ASCAP Awards, most recently in 2003.

Bonhag, is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she won the university's 2007 Concerto Competition. She has performed in Italy, Germany, South Africa and much of the United States. Last summer, she premiered Curtis-Smith's "Tulips," a setting of the Sylvia Plath poem, at the Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival in Kalamazoo. Bonhag is co-founder of Duo Borealis with double bassist Evan Premo.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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