George Crumb is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a major living American Composer. Crumb’s work, Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for flute, cello, and piano, is an evocative, dramatic, and haunting masterpiece which requires blue lighting and masks for the performers. It’s inspired by humpback whale songs and depicts the beginning and end of time. The Two Jazz Etudes for solo clarinet by Meyer Kupferman are fast, loud, intense, and fun! Kupferman's music has the groove and energy of jazz but with a serial harmonic language. Crosswind by Chin Ting Chan, however, is more of an introspective, timbral exploration for flute and saxophone. It’s important to the purpose of CODE to collaborate with and commission living Ohio composers. In that vein we've programmed Tom Wells' exciting solo flute piece, Ehlectal, which is one of his best works. Wells teaches composition as a faculty member at The Ohio State University. Fanfare for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone by Charlie Wilmoth will be CODE's first commission and world premiere. Charlie teaches theory and composition at Otterbein University and his compositional style is a gritty, nontraditional minimalism. The Duet for bassoon and cello by Charles Halka is atonal and yet has a sense of lightheartedness and playfulness that provides great contrast to the seriousness of the Crumb that follows.
Erin Helgeson Torres (flute) Instructor of Flute at Ohio Northern University, Second Flute with the Evansville Philharmonic, and Principal Flute with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra; Justin Johnston (clarinet) Managing Director of the Lancaster Chorale; Kerry Haberkern (bassoon) Managing Director of the Columbus Children's Choir and Instructor of Bassoon at Otterbein University; Michael Rene Torres (saxophone) Instructor of Saxophone at Muskingum University and Instructor of Music at Ohio Dominican University; Pei-An Chao (cello) Assistant/Associate Principal Cellist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; Maria Staeblein (piano) Lecturer at The Ohio State University.