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Arts / Entertainment

From the familiar to the freaky!

January 22, 2009

The title of this Virtuoso Series concert, 'From the Familiar to the Freaky!' hints at the eclectic mix of music that will be performed. From the beautiful melodies of Beethoven to the overt, 'freaky' sound of Varese, the godfather of electronic music, the concert promises to please and surprise listeners.

From Beethoven to Varese

“We can always turn on Beethoven,” Marketing and Publicity Director for the School of the Arts Jennifer Clary says. “And I love Beethoven—he’s my favorite, but it’s sometimes interesting to push the limits.”

Clary is describing the timbre of the Monday, Feb. 2 Virtuoso Series Concert, From Familiar to Freaky! The School of the Arts and CSU Faculty Miller Asbill and friends bring you a concert that includes the beautiful, melodic Octet, op. 103 by Ludwig van Beethoven, dovetailed with the “dissonant, unique, and aggressive” Octandre, a composition written by composer Edgard Varese in 1924.  

Varese favorite of Zappa

Varese is considered the godfather of electronic music.  In the 1930s and 1940s, his listeners considered his music freaky and unsettlingly modern.

One of Varèse's biggest fans was the American guitarist and composer Frank Zappa, who after listening to the complete works of Varèse, became obsessed with the composer’s music. Varèse's emphasis on timbre, rhythm, and new technologies was an inspiration to a whole generation of musicians who came of age during the 1960s and 1970s. 

Music of Paris society 

After intermission, the concert will  feature a lush, French music piece by Emile Bernard that would have been heard in Paris in the late 1800s. Emile Bernard was born in Marseilles in 1843 and won the 1877 prize of the Paris Society of Composers.

A romantic Glam Seduction?

A dichotomous piece called Glam Seduction, written in 2002 by D.J. Sparr, pays homage to the rock music of the 1980s.

The number is reminiscent of music by Van Halen and Twisted Sister, and soloists on flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano take turns performing “guitar solos,” rocking out to this power ballad. Asbill says that the piece is guaranteed to make you smile.

Concert is on Monday, Feb. 2

Miller Asbill, conductor, and friends perform on Monday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall in the University Center for the Arts. The concert will be followed by a Meet the Artist reception.

For Asbill, joined by CSU Faculty, students, and community friends, the recital “represents a unique opportunity to enjoy a wide collection of styles that became a part of the musical fabric of each culture they represent.”  


Tickets are $5/CSU students and $10/public. 


Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603