Acadia composer nominated for Juno Award
March 29, 2012
Acadia University associate professor of music theory and composition, Dr. Derek Charke, has been nominated for a Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year with his work, Sepia Fragments.
Charke's music is recognized as an important and original contribution to the Canadian music scene. His compositions increasingly pair electroacoustic elements, many derived from environmental sounds, with acoustic instruments.
Ecological sound as an artistic statement on environmental issues has become an impetus for many works, and his interest in the Arctic has like-wise played a role in many of his compositions. His music bridges a divide between this play of pure sound, collecting natural and environmental sound, and a continuation of the western "classical" tradition, albeit with contemporary and popular influences.
Wolfville icon and Acadia alumnus Al Whittle (’60) retired on April 18 after 55 years as the front man at the University's dining hall.Learn more… Congratulations, Al!