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Recital: Premiere of "The Dead Are Dancing" by CUA Music Professor

WHEN:

8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22

WHERE:




The Catholic University of America
Ward Recital Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

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Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music, and Nina Assimakopoulos, assistant professor of flute at Bowling Green State University, will perform the world premiere of Simpson's new work, "The Dead are Dancing," for flute and piano. The piece, commissioned by Assimakopoulos, also will be performed at several other venues as part of the artists' tour of the D.C. area this month.

Simpson, composer and pianist, is chair of the theory-composition division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Simpson's works, which include opera, orchestral, chamber and choral music, have been performed across the United States and abroad in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery of Art by professional and university soloists and ensembles. His most recent CD of chamber music, "A Fiery and Still Night," was released on the Capstone Records label in August.

Assimakopoulos, a champion of contemporary American composers, has commissioned, performed and recorded dozens of new pieces for the flute, expanding the instrument's repertoire. Her most recent CD, "Points of Entry: The LAURELS Project I, Vol. 1" (a series of flute pieces commissioned by her) was released on the Capstone Records label in 2005.

Assimakopoulos also will present a lecture/demonstration on Friday, Sept. 22, from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in Ward Hall, Room 127.

Both the recital and the lecture are free and open to the public. For more information, contact 202-319-5564.

SPONSOR:
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu