Music professor Pamela Madsen has received $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for her new multimedia oratorio, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” which combines music with images and sounds from the Mojave Desert.
Madsen’s concert-length work will feature percussion, strings, orchestra, voices, video and electronics. She and selected video artists will be in residence at the California State University Desert Studies Center in Zzyzx, within the Mojave National Preserve, which is overseen by Cal State Fullerton.
Madsen’s work also will serve as a model for students participating in the College of the Arts’ InterArts Collaborative Projects Symposium.
“There Will Come Soft Rains” will premiere in the spring, with outreach activities, lectures and demonstrations throughout the following year. Ensembles scheduled to perform the composition include the Los Angeles…