Join us for a live streaming concert of recent chamber music by composer Michael Murray from C Minor Recital Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. The program will include the world premiere of Butterfly Days (2020) for mezzo-soprano and piano, The Darkening Green (2018) for string quartet, and Genevieve’s Cats (2017) for soprano and piano.
Reviewers have described composer Michael Murray as “a contemporary craftsman-artist of original stripe” (Gappelgate), and “a master at writing for the human voice” (Music & Vision), whose music is “easy to listen to in the best possible way.” Murray’s compositions have been performed and recorded across the United States, as well as in Cuba, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Recent appearances include the 2019 College Music Society National Conference, 28th Annual Havana Contemporary Music Festival, 2017 TUTTI Festival, and New Music on the Bayou 2017 Festival.
In addition to works for the concert hall, he has written music for film, theater productions, dance, and visual arts installations. His music is featured on the Navona and Ansonica record labels, and is published by Ars Nova Press. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, where he is Professor of Music at Missouri State University.
Murray is a Hambidge Fellow and has also been artist in residence at Osage Arts Community. He has won awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Among his commissions are those from the Missouri Chamber Players and the music fraternities of Missouri State University. He earned a BM in composition from the Catholic University of America and his MM and DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to coming to MSU, he taught at Loyola University New Orleans and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
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