Posting Date: April 1, 2010
Student Composers Recital features five world premiere works
Performance will feature both student composers and musicians
By Scott Singleton
Michael Alexander, KSU director of orchestras, congratulating Peter Gustav Westin II after his KSU Concerto Competition victory
The Kennesaw State University School of Music will host the Student Composers Recital on April 19 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. An annual event for many years, this year’s performance will be the first time the event will be held as an evening concert at the Bailey Performance Center.
Associate Professor of Music Laurence Sherr explains, “The students are creating higher quality work. After last year’s performance we decided that the student's work is of high enough quality to be featured in an evening performance.”
The recital will feature works by Peter Gustav Westin II, Brett Carson and Steven Melin, who are all student composers from Sherr’s Composition course. The program for the performance will include six compositions by the student composers; five of the six compositions are world premieres.
Westin's featured pieces are a piece titled “Chat Noir, ” a septet, and a composition based on four poems of Oscar Wilde; Carson's two new compositions are “Four Images” and “Incantation”; and Melin wrote a composition for a string quartet.
The new works will be performed by students from the KSU School of Music. The three student composers will introduce and explain each composition before it is performed. In addition to introducing his work to the audience, Westin will serve as conductor for one of his compositions as well as one of Brett’s.In anticipation of the evening of new music, Sherr says, “We are excited to bring this music to the general audience.” The concert is free and open to the public.