Thursday, September 22, 2011

Faculty concert to highlight contemporary female composers

Piano recitals can be exciting, Emily Yap Chua hopes to prove Saturday.

The Randolph College music professor will present a concert featuring driving rhythms and soaring melodies from the music of contemporary female composers. During a sonata that will end the concert, she will stand up numerous times to reach one hand into the piano and press on the strings to alter the piano's sound.

Chua believes that will make the moment memorable.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 24, in the Wimberly Recital Hall in Presser Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Chua hopes the concert will help people understand and enjoy contemporary piano music, she said.

"People, I think, sometimes get the wrong impression of what it means to be performing contemporary music, or what contemporary music means," Chua said. "They think it's something that sounds like noise, and they think it's really unapproachable music. That doesn't have to be the case.

"Part of our mission in the department, both for the students and for the community, is to educate people about music," she said. "I thought (the concert) was a good way to help people understand that there is significant music written by women today, and it's music that people can listen to and enjoy without having to have a really academic understanding of the music."