Composer/Performer Michael Kallstrom To Perform New Work

April 05, 2010

Composer and performer Dr. Michael Kallstrom will present his recently premiered work, "Tell Me Your Name," at Mount Union College's Presser Recital Hall on Wednesday, March 3 at 8 p.m.


Kallstrom premiered "Tell Me Your Name," a new work for solo bass voice, electronics, shadow puppets and video projections, on February 22 at Western Kentucky University. The show features musical settings of stories of creation and the end of the world from cultures around the world. It is the fifth composition in Kallstrom's series of electronic operas that have been performed across the country and Canada.

Kallstrom brings the stories to life in two acts of music and theatre with electronic music accompaniment.

Kallstrom is an active composer and performer. Recently, he composed the electronic score for a new ballet, "Frankenstein," which was commissioned and premiered by the Fort Wayne Ballet. He has received a Meet the Composer grant, two Kentucky Arts Council Fellowships, a Ragdale Foundation Residency, a Ucross Foundation Residency, an Interarts Colony Residency, the University Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Research/Creative Activity, and has twice been the Kentucky Music Teacher Association Commissioned Composer.

He has studied composition with Roger Hannay and John Boda, and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, FL, a master's degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate degree from Florida State University. He is currently professor of music and coordinator of theory and composition at Western Kentucky University.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the department of music at (330) 823-2180.

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