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Balloon Composer-Musician Breathes Air into UA Sonic Frontiers Series

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Experimental composer-performer Dr. Judy Dunaway will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov., 20, in the Moody Music Building Recital Hall.

The event, part of The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers series, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Judy Dunaway

Dr. Judy Dunaway

Dunaway will present a concert of the balloon music she has been developing for more than two decades. Stretching both ears and rubber, the concert will include an audience interactive performance of her Balloon Symphony No. 2.

Dunaway’s free improvisations and compositions on latex balloons have graced major festivals throughout the United States and Europe, including the Roy and Edna Disney Center in Los Angeles, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival in New York, the Guelph, Canada, Jazz Festival and the Podewil in Berlin.

She recently completed a 16-city tour of Europe. CDs of Dunaway’s work are available on the CRI and Innova labels, among others. For a preview of her work, go to

Sonic Frontiers is a cutting-edge concert series of innovative and experimental music that enriches the cultural life of West Alabama and invites creative exchange between worldclass performers of adventurous music, students and the greater community through public performances and discussions. All Sonic Frontiers events are free and open to the public.

The events are sponsored by UA’s New College, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, Creative Campus, Honors College, Blount Undergraduate Initiative and Capstone International.

For details, phone 205/348-9928 or visit

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.

  • CONTACT: Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782
  • SOURCE: Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar, Sonic Frontiers series, 205/348-9928,