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Idaho State University Professor Thom Hasenpflug awarded Premiere at Vienna Conservatory

Posted May 16, 2014

Idaho State University music Professor and Director of the ISU School of Performing Arts Thom Hasenpflug attended the world premiere of his percussion music composition at the prestigious Vienna Conservatory in Austria.

His new work for percussion, titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” was commissioned by internationally renowned percussion artist Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, and performed by the featured group under his tutelage at the Conservatory, Ensemble Schlagwerk Wien.Thom Hasenpflug

The premiere performed May 6 was part of a larger percussion festival, “Cymbalissimo,” which brought guest artists in from around Europe as well as the States.

“Ultimately, the performance was solid and presented to a packed house,” Hasenpflug said. The performing group was highly prepared and a joy to work with.”

In addition to attending the premiere, Hasenpflug spent the better part of a week in workshops and rehearsals with the students, and also presented a session regarding his research interests in composition and music design.

Composition of the 10-minute piece was agreed to last November at the Percussive Arts Society convention in Indianapolis.

“The musical score and parts required delivery earlier than anticipated —by the end of January — which made for a busy month,” Hasenpflug said.

A video of the dress-rehearsal performance of the piece has been uploaded to YouTube and percussion website Drumchattr.com has a brief write-up on it.

The visit was sponsored by ISU’s Office of Research, and by the Remo and Sabian Corporations for which Hasenpflug is an endorsing artist.

Hasenpflug joined ISU in 2003 and is nationally recognized as a unique performer and educational voice, while his compositions for percussion receive international recognition and are played all over the world. He has held prior teaching posts at Drake University, the University of South Dakota, Emporia State University and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.