Hagen to Present Guest Recital

Jocelyn HagenAugust 21, 2014

Jocelyn Hagen, composer and lecturer at the NDSU Challey School of Music, will present a guest recital featuring pieces from her album MASHUP and upcoming dance opera titled Test Pilot. The recital is scheduled for Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 PM in Beckwith Recital Hall; free and open to the public.

Test Pilot is an intimate chamber dance opera by choreography Penelope Freeh and composer Jocelyn Hagen that explores the power and wonder of creativity and invention through the birth of flight and the story of the Wright Brothers. Their sister, Katharine, is an often overlooked member of the Wright family, and her contribution to the family and their success is examined in this work through song and dance. The creators' personal family legends and aviation heroics are also woven into the oblique narrative.

Test Pilot will premiere September 12-13 as part of the O'Shaughnessy Women of Substance Series and will utilize a string quartet, six singers, four dancers and a video artist.

Hagen's album titled MASHUP was released earlier this year and features original compositions by Hagen in addition to arrangements to pieces originally composed by Prince, Poison, Debussy and more.

Minneapolis-based soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw and the Test Pilot String Quartet will be featured performers in the recital.

Jocelyn Hagen, a native of Valley City, ND, composes music that has been described as "dramatic and deeply moving" (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. The majority of her compositional output is for voice: solo, chamber and choral. She is a two-time winner of prestigious McKnight Fellowships (in 2010 and 2014) and her music is heard around the world. Her recent 65-minute oratorio entitled amass, for mixed choir and chamber ensemble, received its New York premiere at Lincoln Center in March 2014.

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