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Mar 19, 2012

New Work By Duke University Graduate Student David Kirkland Garner To Be Performed This Sunday


David Garner by Casey Elia of Elia Photography.

David Garner by Casey Elia of Elia Photography.
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Duke University graduate student David Kirkland Garner is the 2012 winner of the Mallarmé Chamber Players Edging the Cut composition contest. In addition to a $500 prize, the 10-minute composition will be performed by Mallarmé on their upcoming concert on May 6, 2012. The contest was opened to any Duke University student to compose a work,no more than 10 minutes in length, with specific parameters of instrumentation. Mallarmé is passionate about commissioning new music, developing community partnerships and providing educational opportunities,and this project, in cooperation with Duke University and their outstanding music composition department,ties in well with organizational priorities.

Garner’s work “the machine without horses” will be on the concert program Edging the Cut along with works by Duke professors Scott Lindroth and John Supko as well as works by David Stock, Judd Greenstein and Louis Andriessen. The concert will be held at Motorco Music Hall in Durham (NC) on Sunday,May 6, 2012,at 7:00 PM. Performers include keyboard player Eric Hirsh (Orquesta GarDal and The Beast) and violinist Karen Strittmatter Galvin(NC Symphony, New Music Raleigh)and percussionist Shawn Galvin (New Music Raleigh), bassist Craig Brown (NC Symphony), guitarist Marc Faris and saxophonist William Robin.

Garner remarked, “I am thrilled to be able to hear a new work come to life at the hands of the outstanding Mallarmé Chamber Players. It is a special treat to work with a local ensemble committed to new music.”  From the forward of Garner’s piece: “‘the machine without horses’ is taken from a traditional Scottish fiddle tune and set dance of the same name.… The musical language throughout seeks to combine contemporary compositional approaches with pop music, folk music and jazz, all with a sense of humor and a touch of whimsy.” The instrumentation with non-typical chamber music instruments such as electric guitar, saxophone and percussion helps give this work a contemporary feel.

WHAT:               Edging the Cut

WHEN:               Sunday, May 6, 2012, 7:00 PM

WHERE:             Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham NC

TICKET INFO:  $18 in advance | $20 door; $15 K-12 Educators | $ Students at the door w/ valid ID (subject to availability)

  To purchase tickets or for more information go to or call 919-560-2788.


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