DeKALB – Northern Illinois University’s School of Music will host a recital featuring guest pianist
Ashlee Mack performing new and recent music for piano solo. The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Recital Hall of the Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb, and is free and open to the public.
The program will consist of music written by composers Frank Felice, Jeff Herriott, Paul Paccione, James Romig, Olivier Messiaen, and School of Music faculty member David Maki.
Specializing in contemporary music, Mack performs solo and chamber music with new-music organizations such as the Society for Chromatic Art, Vox Novus, New Music Forum and the Iowa Composers Forum. She has given recitals in Germany, Italy and across the United States. Recent concerts and presentations include events at Columbia University, Cincinnati Conservatory, University of Denver, Juilliard, Northwestern University, Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College. Conference performances include the Aspen Composers Conference at the Aspen Institute, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, national and regional conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc. and New Music Festival at Western Illinois University.
Mack’s recordings of "Odds and Ends" by Robert Morris and "For Milton" by Christian Carey are featured on a Milton Babbitt memorial CD published by Perspectives of New Music/Open Space. Her recording of James
Romig’s "Transparencies" was recently released on Navona Records.
Upcoming projects include performances with pianist Katherine Palumbo, concerts of new music with composer/pianist David Maki and an artist residency at Grand Canyon National Park in December 2013.
Mack’s primary teachers include Lois Svard (Bucknell University), Michael Adcock (Washington, DC) and Alan Huckleberry (University of Iowa). She is currently the coordinator of piano instruction at Knox College in Galesburg.