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February 17, 2012

Local professor creates musical piece for Italian musicians

By Jake Palmateer
Staff Writer

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ONEONTA _ A composition by a SUNY Oneonta music professor will be part of a concert by two noted Italian musicians when they appear in concert Wednesday on the campus.

Clarinetist Guido Arbonelli and pianist Michele Fabrizi will play a range of acoustic and electro-acoustic music at recital Room M201 at the Fine Arts Center on campus.

The free performance is the 15th of the State University College at Oneonta's New Music Concert Series. It starts at 7:30 p.m.

Music Department Chairman Orlando Legname's composition, "Tachyon," will be featured by the musicians. They will also perform selections from composers Dinu Ghezzo, Emanuele Pappalardo, Francesco Rosa, Linda Marcel, Terry Riley and Ron Mazurek.

The two musicians are world-renowned, according to Legname, who composed "Tachyon" specifically for their visit to Oneonta.

Legname has previously written material for Arbonelli and said the link between he and the clarinetist is Ghezzo, who died in December.

"He helped so many people launch their international careers as composers," Legname said by phone Thursday.

The New Music Concert Series emphasizes compositions from the 21st century.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Legname said. "It's a great event."

The word "tachyon" refers to a sub-atomic particle that theoretically travels faster than the speed of light, according to Legname.

His composition was done under a graphic score system rather than in a traditional style. Under that system, performers have a wide latitude to mold the piece as they perform it, he said.

"It makes the performers a co-composer," Legname said.

Legname is looking forward to hearing his composition's debut.

"There is a level of surprise even for me," he said.

Arbonelli is a faculty member at the Conservatory of Music A. Buzzolla in Adria, Italy. A frequent worldwide performer, Arbonelli as recorded many commissioned pieces and authored numerous clarinet teaching methods, according to a media release from the college.

Fabrizi is honors graduate of the Conservatory of Perugia and had performed in a duo with Arbonelli in Italy and Argentina. He has also played as a soloist and in a chamber ensemble. Fabrizi is a piano teacher at the Istituto Musicale Frescobaldi and the Municipal School of Music in Gubbio, Italy, according to the release.

The New Music Concert Series is sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Music Department and the Municipal School of Music in Gubbio.