Works by noted Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith, a West Virginia University alumna, will be featured on a concert given by the WVU Chamber Winds at the Creative Arts Center Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gladys Davis Theatre. Galbraith will also be in residence in the WVU Division of Music on Monday, Feb. 23.
According to WVU music professor John Weigand, who directs the Chamber Winds, the program will also feature three Salvonic Dances by Anton Dvorak and excerpts from Mozarts operaDon Giovanni,including a narration of the plot given by Robert Thieme, director of Opera Studies at WVU .
Galbraith has been active for more than two decades as a composer for symphony orchestras, wind orchestras, chamber orchestras, choral ensembles and keyboards. Her distinctive American style employs an exotic array of postmodern and post minimalist elements, including lyricism, poly rhythm and diatonic harmony. Her work has been praised for its energetic combination of melody and rhythm, its bright orchestral palette and lyrical finesse. Her compositions are performed and broadcast worldwide and appear on more than a dozen recordings.
Galbraith is professor of composition and theory at Carnegie Mellon University and music director/organist at Christ Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh. She holds degrees in composition from Ohio University and WVU (MM, 1978) and continued studies in composition, piano and organ at Carnegie Mellon.