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09/08/2010

Department of Music to Host Concert Marking Faculty Member's 50th Birthday

Quick Facts

 The concert will include performances by Winthrop music faculty members Tomoko Deguchi, Jill O'Neill and Janice Bradner.
 Parks, who came to Winthrop in 2001, has been a composer for 30 years.

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Ron Parks

ROCK HILL, S.C. - To commemorate the 50th birthday of composer and Winthrop faculty member Ron Parks, the Department of Music will present a special concert event on Sept. 19.

"Music of Ronald Keith Parks: A Celebration of His 50th Birthday," which is free and open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. in Barnes Recital Hall. Parks, associate professor of music, came to Winthrop in 2001. Throughout his 30-year career as a composer, he has written music for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal resources. Many of his compositions have garnered international recognition and widespread performances. His awards and honors include the Aaron Copland Award, the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at Winthrop University and the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Commission. 

In addition, Parks has received commissions from numerous professional performance ensembles including the Out of Bounds Ensemble, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Composer in the Schools Project, the NeXT Ens, the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Duo XXI and many others.

The Sept. 19 concert will feature recent works written by Parks for piano, piano duet, piccolo and piano, bass flute and electroacoustic music. Winthrop faculty performers featured on the concert include Tomoko Deguchi, piano; Jill O’Neill, flute; and Janice Bradner, piano. For more information on Parks' music and career, visit his website.

For additional information about the concert, contact Deguchi at 803/323-2602 or deguchit@winthrop.edu.


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