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Drake violin professor to perform program inspired by summer in Germany

September 15, 2011
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Sarah Plum

Sarah Plum, violinist and assistant professor of music at Drake University, will perform a program from her summer trip to Berlin at a concert on September 15.

The event, "What I Did on My Summer Vacation: My Berlin Program," will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Jordan Stage of Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave. It is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a brief lecture on Plum's experience in Germany.

The songs in this program build on an experience Plum had working on a recording with a composer in Berlin two years ago, and a return trip this summer that included performances to celebrate the release of the CD. Plum's program features songs for violin alone and for violin with electronics that represent a wide variety of styles.

Plum said the summer concerts served as the catalyst for an interesting program full of pieces by young composers.

"They stretched me as a musician and challenged me as an interpreter," she said.

Seven living composers wrote nearly all of the selections within the past 10 years. One piece was finished the night before Plum debuted it. Her lecture will provide humorous and entertaining insight into the program and how it was developed.

The concert is the first in an upcoming concert series at Drake, "New Music at Drake," curated by adjunct professor Clare Harmon. The series will continue on November 20 with a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring Geoffrey Deibel (saxophone), Isoa Chapman (violin) and Leah Siltberg (piano).

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: My Berlin Program

When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15

Where: Jordan Stage of Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

Cost: Free, open to the public