The Auriga String Quartet - Hillary Kingsley and Erik Rohde, violins, Jacob Tews, viola, and Isaac Pastor-Chermak, violoncello, will be performing works by Elliott Miles McKinley, Joseph Haydn, and Elliott Carter on Monday, September 24th at Alden Memorial Auditorium in Worchester, MA, at Worchester Polytechnic Institute, in the Great Hall. The concert is free and open to the Public. Commissioned by violinist Erik Rohde and the Indiana State University Faculty String Quartet, the McKinley work will also be performed on tour by the Martinu Quartet through October.
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.