New Music at Willamette Hosts Free Spring Concert

New Music at Willamette presents a free spring concert featuring Beta Collide New Music Ensemble with guest artist Stephen Vitiello Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.

Vitiello will host a guest lecture Thursday, April 3, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. in Rogers Rehearsal Room. Beta Collide will lead a student composer reading session Friday, April 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Rogers Rehearsal Room. Both events are free and open to the public.

Beta Collide is directed by Willamette Flute Instructor Molly Barth, who recently won a Grammy Award for work with her previous group eighth blackbird, and Brian McWhorter on trumpet. Other musicians are David Riley on piano and Phillip Patti on percussion. The music ensemble focuses on the collision of musical art forms, from new complexity to ambient, from low-brow to high-brow, from radically extended technique to site-specific improvisation, from popular to the academy.

Vitiello is an assistant professor of kinetic imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University and archivist for The Kitchen, a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization in New York that supports innovative artists. He is an electronic musician and sound artist who transforms incidental atmospheric noises into soundscapes that alter people's perception of the surrounding environment. Vitiello has composed music for independent films, experimental video projects and art installations.

For more information, contact the Willamette Music Department at (503) 370-6255.