In a recital of 20th and 21st century music
for solo violin and fixed media
Guests: violinist Davis Brooks and composer Frank Felice
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall
Davis Brooks comes from a diverse musical background as a soloist, pedagogue, orchestral musician, studio musician, concertmaster on Broadway, conductor, and chamber musician. His teaching experiences have included faculty appointments at Baylor University, Wayne State University, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and Bucknell University. Brooks was associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and performed with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center for ten years. In addition he also was a member of the New York Chamber Symphony for nineteen years; an organization that produced over twenty critically acclaimed recordings during his tenure. He has been concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony (Pa.), and the Waco Symphony (Tex.). He is Professor of Violin Emeritus at Butler University in Indianapolis, and was the 2015-2016 University of Alabama School of Music Endowed Chair in Music Composition. Recording for the progressive rock band The Psychedelic Ensemble and David the Goliath have been most pleasurable diversions, as has performing with the Indianapolis band Progressive Lenses. In November 2016, Early Musings, his latest recording of new music, was released which featured solo music written for him by ten Alabama composers.
Frank Felice is an eclectic composer who writes with a postmodern mischievousness: each piece speaks in its own language, and they can be by turns comedic/ironic, simple/complex, subtle/startling or humble/reverent. Recent projects of Felice's have taken a turn towards the sweeter side, exploring a consonant adiatonicism. Felice currently teaches as an associate professor of composition, theory and electronic music in the School of Music, Jordan College of Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In recent years he has been in demand as an electric and upright bassist, playing in various rock/funk/prog rock/big bands in the greater Indianapolis area.