Soggiorno

Program Notes
SOGGIORNO (sojourn) was composed from September to December, 1989, during a one-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. The overall character of the work reflects, perhaps subconsciously, a kind of fatalism that is often associated with Europeans, whether the “quiet desperation of the British, the “dolce vita” of the Italians, or, in the rapidly changing societies of eastern Europe, the hopes and fears which come wrapped tightly together in the same packages. The process of using only violin sounds for the tape part creates a timbral uniformity between soloist and accompaniment, such that the piece takes on the character of a “concerto for performer and him/herself.”

Biographical Sketch
JAMES MOBBERLEY (www.jamesmobberleymusic.com) has enjoyed a 35-year career as a composer and educator, primarily at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. His music has received 1350+ performances on five continents, and appeared on more than two dozen recordings. Over 50 works are available for listening on https://soundcloud.com/jim-mobberley. Also an avid bicyclist, he lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife Laura, a writer.

Performer Biographical Sketch
A native of Taiwan, Dr. Yu-Fang Chen is an Assistant Professor of Music Performance– Violin at Ball State University. Chen received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees on both violin and viola from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013. As a sought-after performer and pedagogy, Chen has been invited to teach and perform at various music festivals, including the Sunflower Music Festival and the Heartland Chamber Music Academy in U.S.A. and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. Her international performing career has taken her to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, South Africa, Estonia, German, Finland, France, Italy and the United States. She was a member of the Kansas City Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of Taiwan, and she served as an Assistant Professor of Music – Violin/Viola at Washburn University from 2015-2017.

Chen continues to perform as a guest musician nationally and internationally with various concert artists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. As an enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, she has commissioned and premiered many compositions by living composers. Her recording of Dr. Chin Ting Chan’s Shape of Wind for solo violin has been chosen and published by the ABLAZE Records Millennial Masters vol. 7 (2017).