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Composer Jocelyn Hagen to discuss her new work in advance of May 8 premiere

Patricia Connors, Ph.D., works with Jocelyn Hagen during a rehearsal of the Womens Choir in April.
Patricia Connors, Ph.D., works with Jocelyn Hagen during a rehearsal of the Womens Choir in April.
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Jocelyn Hagen will discuss her work in two free public lectures in advance of the May 8 premiere of a new requiem, Ashes of Roses, written for the St. Catherine Choral Society. In addition, a free recital featuring music faculty will be Tuesday, May 3.  

Events will be on the St. Catherine University St. Paul campus, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Find directions and maps at the St. Kate's website. For questions call 651-690-6690.

Lecture:  "The Compositional Process"

Thursday, April 14, 12:15 p.m.
Recital Hall, Music Building, St. Kate's St. Paul campus
Admission: free

Hagen will discuss her process, from finding inspiration to producing the final print copy.
Lecture and reception:  "Composing a Life: Artist, Entrepreneur, Wife, Mother,"  
Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Derham Hall, Room 409, St. Paul campus
Admission: free

How does an artist embark on her path?  How can she make a living?  What does she need to know about business, marketing?  How does it work, juggling the responsibilities of career and motherhood?  Jocelyn will address these and other topics.  There will be an opportunity to visit with the composer at a simple reception afterwards.  This lecture is supported by the Sister Mona Riley Endowment for the Humanities.

Recital of Vocal and Instrumental Works
Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Music Building
Admission: free

Music faculty and guests perform solo and chamber works by Hagen.

Premiere: Ashes of Roses, a new requiem by Jocelyn Hagen performed by The St. Catherine Choral Society
Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m.
The O’Shaughnessy,
Admission: $10 adult/$5 student with a valid ID

Under the direction of Patricia Cahalan Connors, the St. Catherine Choral Society will present the premiere performance of Hagen's composition.

The work, for soloists, chorus and orchestra, gets its name from the poem “Ashes of Roses” by Elaine Goodale Eastman, which is incorporated into the traditional text of the Latin Requiem Mass. 

Soprano Kristie Tigges, mezzo-soprano KrisAnne Weiss, baritone Michael P. Schmidt and a professional orchestra will join with the 65 voice choir in the performance.  

In addition, the St. Catherine University Women’s Choir will perform two works by Hagen, including Forgotten, a new composition from Hagen based on a poem by Sara Teasdale.
About Jocelyn Hagen

Originally from North Dakota, Jocelyn Hagen now lives in Minneapolis and composes music that has been described as “dramatic and deeply moving” (Star Tribune).  Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. Her music is melodically driven, boldly beautiful and intricately crafted.  

Since her graduation from St. Olaf College in 2003, she has received over 40 commissions, 50 premieres and 100 performances.  Hagen is also the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, VocalEssence, Yale Glee Club, the Lotte Lehman Foundation and the San Francisco Song Festival.  Most recently, her work, amass, was premiered by The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists.

Read more about Hagen in SCAN February 2011.


April 8, 2011 by Julie Michener

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