College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO School of Music Composer-in-Residence Releases New Cello Music CD

Jan. 4, 2011

University of Central Oklahoma Composer-in-Residence Samuel Magrill, DMA, has released the CD, "Cello Music of Samuel Magrill: Volume II," featuring collaborations with several Central music faculty members.

On the recording, Magrill, a pianist, is joined by cellist Tess Remy-Schumacher, DMA, Central professor of cello and chamber music, violinist Hong Zhu, DMA, Central violin and chamber orchestra director, and John Clinton, Ph.D., dean of the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design and serves as conductor.

"I am honored to be working with so many talented performers and artists," said Magrill.   "I have great colleagues.  It is truly a pleasure to collaborate with them."
 
The CD was released internationally in December and includes "Double Concerto for Two Cellos & String Orchestra," which Magrill said was written with Remy-Schumacher in mind and explores the different relationships between the two soloists and the orchestra.  Also included is "East West Duo" which blends the traditions of Carnatic music of South India and Western music.

"The production of the CD was a long, yet satisfying process: from writing the music to finding the performers to recording the works to creating the booklet to proofreading. It feels like something significant was accomplished," said Magrill, who also serves as a professor of music at Central.
 
Remy-Schumacher said she enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with Magrill and other colleagues on this project.
 
"I loved being part of this CD: the music was very exciting to prepare, and it incorporated very different styles and combinations of instruments," she said. "My favorite piece was the double concerto for two cellos."
 
The cover-art for the CD was created by Chelsea Banks, Central freshman interior design major, who has studied cello under Remy-Schumacher for four years.
 
"This piece was originally a gift for Dr. Remy-Schumacher," said Banks.

"I was so surprised when she asked if they could use the painting on the CD. It is such an honor to be included on Dr. Magrill's CD."
 
"Cello Music of Samuel Magrill: Volume II" is $12.97 and can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com. An mp3 version is also available for download for $9.99.

 For more information about the CD or Central's School of Music, visit www.uco.edu/cfad/academics/music or call (405) 974-5004.