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"Music and the Search for Meaning"

Concert series featuring 21st century music concludes with James Mobblerley

Chicago (Oct. 13, 2006) – The music of James Mobberley will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the final concert of the “Music and Search for Meaning” series at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.

Composer-in-residence of the Kansas City Symphony and the New Ear Ensemble, Mobberley reflects the cutting edge in computer-generated music technology in his works. His program, titled “Performers, Technology and Meaning,” looks at the realization of a work on stage and how a particular performer or technology can affect music.

Mobberley will discuss the subject at 6:30 p.m., followed by a concert featuring his work, which will be performed by the MAVerick Ensemble, with artistic director William Jason Raynovich, at 7 p.m. The evening also will feature the original compositions of members of the Chicago Composers Forum, which is dedicated to creating and performing new music by composers from the greater Chicago area. Mobberley will meet with the audience immediately following the concert.

Mobberley’s music spans many media, including orchestral and chamber music, music for film, video, theater, dance and music that combines electronic and computer elements with live performance.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. The audience is invited to meet Mobberley following the performance.
The four-part “Music and the Search for Meaning” series celebrates the link between the arts, creativity and the spiritual life and is jointly sponsored by Saint Xavier’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse, the Beverly Arts Center and the

Chicago Composers Forum. The last three programs also were funded in part by grants from the Meet the Composer’s Creative Connections program and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Mobberley program also received financial support from the Illinois Humanities Council.

Chicago Composers Forum President Christopher Preissing called the series “a rare opportunity for audiences to hear cutting-edge music, particularly music created by a new generation of Chicago composers.” 

Each concert in the series has explored a different step in the creation of a musical composition, such as what happens before music is put to paper, the process of putting notes to paper and the relationship between work and the audience.  

Michael Nix, executive director of the Beverly Arts Center, called “Music and the Search for Meaning” an “excellent example of how artists, educational institutions and community groups can band together to promote the creative arts. This series presents an array of new music to audiences in a way that is both stimulating and accessible.”  

The music series builds on Saint Xavier’s highly successful series during the 2004-05 academic year, “Poetry and the Search for Meaning,” which brought Pulitzer Prize-winning poets W.S. Merwin and Lisel Mueller; Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein and longtime Poetry magazine editor Joseph Parisi to the campus. 

“Through our poetry series, and now our music series, Saint Xavier University is proud to stand in a collaborative effort with the Beverly Arts Center and the Chicago Composers Forum as a beacon of the arts on the South Side for the entire city of Chicago,” said University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. 

“Catholic institutions have a long tradition of seeking the sacred through the creative arts. Here at Saint Xavier University, we hope to encourage people to look at the arts as an important tool for deepening the inner life, whatever one’s faith tradition,” said Sister Susan Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D., director of the Center for Religion and Public Discourse and vice president for University Mission and Heritage.

For more information, please contact the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at Saint Xavier University at (773) 298-3981.


Contact  the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at Saint Xavier University at (773) 298-3981

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