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Audience Can Join In during UA Concert at Manderson Landing

Aaron Siegel

Aaron Siegel

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers concert series presents a concert by New York composer Aaron Siegel and the UA Percussion Ensemble at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8 in the Park at Manderson Landing on the Black Warrior River.

The UA Percussion Ensemble, led by Dr. Tim Feeney, assistant professor of percussion, will perform Siegel’s piece for eight glockenspiels, “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.” The audience may bring instruments to join in with the performers. A question-and-answer program with the composer will follow.

Time Out New York selected the recording of “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend” as one of the Best Classical CDs of 2011. The magazine stated that the CD “frees ambient music from its dour, eerie reputation (and) taps into a joyful flow of energy.”

Siegel’s work represents a personal vision and responds to the sounds of our world. Percussionist Jonathan Ovalle performed his Dioramas for Prepared Vibraphone in fall 2012, and Experiments In Opera performed his new monodrama, “The Collector,” in February as part of its New Shorts concert. Siegel lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife and son.

The rain site for this event is the pavilion in the Park at Manderson Landing.

UA’s New College, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, Creative Campus, Honors College, Blount Undergraduate Initiative and Capstone International are sponsors of the Sonic Frontiers series.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.