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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ACC Choral Instructor Leads Ensemble

ACC Choral Instructor Leads Ensemble

There are many talented choral directors in the region and Alvin Community College Choir instructor Chad Robinson wants everyone to know about it.

“I feel that Texas is a great place for the arts but there is not a lot of focus on local composers,” he said. “I want to change that.”

Robinson started the Texas New Music Ensemble in 2014 to showcase local composers. They have performed throughout this summer in Fort Worth, Austin and Houston.

Robinson is an adjunct faculty member at the college who teaches: American Music, Music Appreciation and Applied Composition. He is also a composer.

The Ensemble consists of Robinson and three other composers including: John Kieffer, Karl Blench, Hugh Lobel, and they will be joined by student composer Alejandro Basulto-Martinez.

This summer’s concert series includes performances designed for the flute and cello. The inspirations for the songs at the concert include classical music along with modern music, Robinson said.

“These are all brand new works written specifically for this concert,” he said.

Since it began four years ago, the Ensemble has featured 30 different Texas composers and their compositions. In his recruiting efforts, Robinson said he listens to music from composers throughout the state.

The concert performances are more laid back than a traditional classical music concert, he said.

When the Ensemble started, performances were held only in the Houston area. But they have since expanded, Robinson said.

“Our first season we had one concert and it went quite well,” he said. “Our 2018 season will have six concerts in Houston and one each in Austin and Fort Worth.”

The group is a fixture in the Houston area and Robinson hopes to build on that success.

“We want to keep pushing forward. Our next big goal is to bring it statewide,” he said.

The next TNME concert will be on October 12 at the University of Houston Clear Lake campus.

For more information about the group, visit www.TNME.org.

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