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U of M Guest Alumnus Talk: Elliott Miles McKinley

February 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Guest Alumnus Talk: Elliott Miles McKinley, Roger Williams University
“Of Memories and Love: A search for authenticity, integrity and meaning in music.”
Ferguson Hall, Room 280

In a world where one may easily be overwhelmed by the suffering of so many, and at a time when creating art may be viewed as something elitist or even anachronistic, how does one find authenticity, integrity, and meaning through art? Must art mean or represent anything? Is it the responsibility of the artist to reflect upon or respond to external pressures? Within a sea of questions, and a universe punctuated by uncertainty and filled with myriad of possibilities, composer Elliott Miles McKinley (PhD, composition, University of Minnesota) shares his journey toward artistic authenticity, intention, integrity, and meaning, drawing from his own music, successes and failures, and the wisdom handed down from his mentors and teachers.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary, seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Convenient parking is available at the University’s 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps.

Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Commissions include those from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the SOLI Chamber Music Ensemble, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Mirari Brass Quintet, Transient Canvas, and the Martinů String Quartet. His orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Czech Radio Symphony, and his music featured on international festivals including the Alba International Music Festival in Italy, the BGSU Contemporary Music Festival, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, and the University of Minnesota SPARK Festival. McKinley is a recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including a BMI Student Composer Award, a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and grants from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and the American Composers Forum. In 2012, his percussion concerto, Four Grooves, won the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival’s MusicNow competition. Among other honors, McKinley was awarded a New Frontiers for the Arts and Humanities grant from Indiana University, received two Indiana University Faculty Research Grants, and a Roger Williams University Foundation Grant. Also active as a performer and improviser, McKinley is a founding member of earWorm, an electroacoustic improvisation ensemble of composer-performers.


February 15
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Ferguson Hall
2106 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN
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