Eric Funk


Eric Funk is an American contemporary classical composer and conductor. Originally from Deer Lodge, Montana, he currently resides in Bozeman, Montana, where he teaches music courses at Montana State University.

(Cover photo courtesy Rick Smith/Montana PBS)

Beyond Time

Beyond Time, a free public concert incorporating dramatic images of the sun and music representing the human experience was held June 18, 2010 in conjunction with an international gathering of solar scientists at Montana State University. Eric Funk -- a composer, conductor, musician and MSU faculty member -- conducted and performed with a chamber group in the Reynolds Recital Hall on the MSU campus.

The concert will begins with Martens showing solar images from Hinode and continue with selections from symphonies that Funk composed over the past decade. Referring to the concert as a "musical hors d'oeuvre," Funk said that excerpts from his pentalogy "Beyond Time," a cycle of five symphonies that give an overview of human life, will be presented as transcribed for a chamber music ensemble. The works involved in the pentalogy are Symphony No. 6/Apocalypse-Phoenix Rising, No. 7/Time, No. 8/And Humankind Departed, No. 9/Time Bridge to Beyond Time, and a large work for tenor voice and orchestra, The Sojourner's Eye, from which most of the music for this concert was drawn.

Performing will be Bozeman actor Kent Davis; tenor Travis Mills, an MSU senior; Funk and Azusa Hokugo Komiyama on the piano; Stephan Cepeda on violin, Mary Carson on viola, Peter Landeen on violoncello and Stephen Versaevel on percussion.

"This concert is intended to bring the sciences and humanities together," Funk said.

Copyright Eric Funk, 2013