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Concert features premiere of commissioned piece

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UW-River Falls will host Composer Fang Man for a three-day residency on March 19-21. The residency will conclude with a concert on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature many works by the composer, as well as the world premiere of the commissioned work, "Concerto for Piano, Percussion and Wind Instruments."

Hailed as "inventive and breathtaking" by New York Times, Fang Man's music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra New Music Group, American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestre de Lorraine (France), Minnesota Orchestra, and others.

Fang Man, a Chinese-born composer who lives in the United States, is the recipient of numerous commissions including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, Siemens Music Foundation/Ensemble Unitedberlin commission, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Association commission.

Her music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Espace de Projection of IRCAM-Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Beijing Concert Hall and other notable places.

Each year, student members of the Commissioned Composer Project select and commission a composer to write a piece of music for the student body. Project members then arrange for that composer to come to campus in the spring to interact with the students and take part in the premier performance of that work.

The Commissioned Composer Project, which began in 1967 by Professor Emeritus Conrad De Jong, is the longest standing program of its kind within the United States.

For more information, contact the UWRF Music Department at 715-425-3183.