On the Verge’s fourth concert in series to be performed

Matt Sowell

Classical music is not always boring and the Department of Music at Georgia Southern University has set out to prove it with their latest classical concert series “On the Verge,” featuring modern classical music.

Present-Continuous, a contemporary ensemble, will perform at the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall in the Foy building Monday at 7:30 p.m.

The classic music ensemble is based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. The band is advertised as dedicated to performing staples of their repertoire as well as new compositions and semi-improvised works.

The group plays music by George Crumb, Steve Reich, Olivier Messiaen, David Lang, Zhou Long, Julia Wolfe, Robert Paterson and others.

“It’s a series that started last year with the idea of presenting contemporary music,” Martin Gendelman, Ph.D. said. “I have zero funding but I have the help of the dean and the department. We’ve managed to get funding to two concerts last year.”

In the past, music series at GSU have had low participation from the students.

“Just two weeks ago we had Carlos Rodriguez. He was an amazing pianist. He’s worked with Plácido Domingo in DC for many years and he’s from Venezuela originally. He presented a lot of Latin American and North American composers,” Gendelman said. “This is something that I do for the Statesboro community but also the student community.”

Gendelman said, “This is going to all be music from living composers, some of them even quite young. This is a type of program that you won’t hear [anywhere in this area]. People show up and get some exposure. This is basically the classical music of the twenty-first century so most people don’t know what that is.”