LAWRENCE-The KU School of Music will celebrate retired faculty member Charles Hoag’s 80th birthday with a musical bash entitled “Hoag at 80,” featuring Hoag himself performing on double bass, and showcasing a variety of KU music faculty and students performing Hoag’s compositions. The concert will take place on Monday, November 14, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Hoag, KU professor emeritus of music theory and composition and former Kansas Composer of the Year, earned his B.M. at the University of Iowa, his M.M. from Redlands University in California, and his Ph. D. at the University of Iowa. Hoag has played double bass throughout his career and was principal bassist in the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra--an orchestra that toured Europe. He was conductor of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra from 1978-93. Awards for Hoag’s compositions include the Charles Wakefield Cadman Scholarship to Redlands, 1955; Aspen Award, 1966; University of Kansas Composers Award, 1971; continuous awards to the present from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); National Endowment for the Arts, 1983; NEA Composer Consortium Grant, 1983; Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, N.Y. residency, 1989; MacDowell Colony residency, 1990; and University of Texas at Austin Mary & Winton Green commission to write a violin concerto for Brian Lewis, 2011.
The program will include performances of Hoag’s compositions, written over the past 40+ years, including Mother’s Day (Daisy Zamora); Three Songs on Texts by Thomas Wyatt; Thoreau’s Flute; Three Studies from Nine Studies for Double Bass; Inventions on the Summer Solstice; and Cicada Songs. KU faculty members collaborating for these performances include Julia Broxholm (soprano); Genaro Mendez (tenor); Ellen Bottorff (piano); Richard Reber (piano); Tami Lee Hughes (violin); Paul Tucker (choral director); and Dean Robert Walzel (clarinet).
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU