Concert showcases new work by music professor

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Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 11.58.58 AMLA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University music professor John McKinnon has been busy outside of his academic career, composing his own works with other faculty members in mind as performers. McKinnon will showcase his new compositions at the university on April 14.

The short concert comprises 30 minutes with EOU music faculty playing several of McKinnon’s new works.

“Nobody can take more than 30 minutes of new music,” McKinnon said in a press release sent by EOU. “We thought we would provide an informal setting with great performers who
everyone knows and loves.”

John McKinnon will showcase his new compositions during a 30-minute concert April 14.

John McKinnon will showcase his new compositions during a 30-minute concert April 14.

McKinnon said all of his compositions were written with a specific faculty member in mind. Featured performers are Peter Wordelman, Jamie Jacobson, Mio Aoike, Luke McKern, Greg Johnson and Matt Cooper.

The showcase will include brief explanations for each piece.

Several of the works are settings of poems by David Axelrod, professor of English, Tom Madden, emeritus professor of English, Irish poet Seamus Heaney and June Jordan, a Caribbean-American poet, essayist and activist. One of the works is also based on the artwork of Doug Anderson, a professor of art at Pacific University.

The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in Groth Recital Hall in Loso Hall, Room 126.

Decaf coffee and scones will be served. Fore more information about EOU’s programs, go to www.eou.edu/music.

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