Birke Fine Arts Festival continues next week with guest artist Dan Senn, Festival of New Music

Birke_squareDan Senn,  an internationally recognized artist-composer who creates sound art, music, video, and kinetic sound sculpture, will take part in several events as the visiting artist in the Birke Fine Arts Festival.

Senn will present an exhibition of sound and video installations titled “Not Random, Just Complex” at Gallery 842, 842 4th Ave. in Huntington, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25, and continuing through Saturday, March 1. The exhibit features an installation of sculptural musical instruments called “Cycling China” and a multimedia exhibit, “A Chattering Field.” An opening reception for the exhibition will take from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.  Admission to the gallery is free and gallery hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Senn’s work also will be represented at the 5th annual Festival of New Music on the Huntington campus. Festival programs, which will take place beginning Wednesday, Feb. 26, will include premieres of new works by Marshall students, current and former faculty, and others from the U.S. and abroad, said Dr. Mark Zanter, professor of music at Marshall. “The program for this year’s festival is quite varied and features the works of 20+ composers,” Zanter said. “In addition to Dan’s Gallery 842 exhibit, the Marshall University Chamber Choir will present selections from His ‘Mass for Heavy Rail’ during our Soundwalk event on Feb. 28.” Performers in the festival include visiting artists Lindsey Goodman and Pamela Murchison of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Trifecta!, Triptych, Marshall faculty and students, and the Marshall Contemporary Music Ensemble. The festival will include five concerts, guest artist lectures and the Soundwalk event. All events are free and open to the public. Evening concerts will begin at 8 p.m. each day from Wednesday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, March 1. Locations and further information can be found on the Marshall University College of Arts and Media website at and on the Birke Fine Arts Festival Facebook page, or by calling the School of Music and Theatre Office at 304-696-3117. Goodman will give a solo recital titled “Made in the U.S.A.” at noon Friday, Feb. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Avenue in Huntington. Goodman, who is the principal flutist in the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will present new works she has commissioned from U.S. composers and regional premieres of works by Roger Dannenburg, Rob Deemer, Jeffrey Nytch, Judith Shatin, and WVSO Music Director Grant Cooper.

Support for the Festival of New Music was provided by Marshall University School of Music and Theatre, the College of Arts and Media, MUsic Alive and the Birke Fine Arts Symposium Endowment.


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