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Festival of Contemporary Art Music, Society of Composers, Inc. Region VIII Conference: Gala Concert
March 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFREE
WSU Festival of Contemporary Art Music Gala Concert, March 2, to Feature Works by Yasinitsky, Hare and Jarvis
The WSU School of Music presents the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Art Music Gala Concert on Thursday evening, March 2nd, at 7:30pm in Bryan Hall Theatre. The program will include Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Regents Professor and Director of the School of Music, Gregory Yasinitsky. The soloist will be Willis Delony, a distinguished professor at Louisiana State University, performing with the WSU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Danh Pham. This new concerto blends jazz and classical music and was premiered in January by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra with Delony as soloist. The work received an enthusiastic, spontaneous standing ovation. Maestro Timothy Muffitt who conducted the premiere describes the piece as “a unique work in the American orchestral canon, and most deserving of recognition.” Delony and Muffitt plan to nominate the Concerto for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
The program will also include Wynwood Project by WSU Professor David Jarvis which was written especially for the Solstice Quintet, a faculty ensemble in residence at WSU featuring flutist Sophia Tegart, oboist Keri McCarthy, clarinetist Shannon Scott, hornist Martin King, and bassoonist Ryan M. Hare. Hare is also the composer of Stanzas which will be performed by the WSU Symphony Orchestra.
The concert is free of charge.