The West Virginia University Faculty Chamber Ensemble will present a concert at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall of the Creative Arts Center .
The free concert will feature a performance ofDark as a Dungeon,Christian Wolff’s composition dedicated to coal miners. The WVU music faculty will perform the work as a tribute to the state’s mining community, especially those who have lost loved ones in recent disasters.
Also on the program will beMusings: An Ode to the Greek Musesby Dana Wilson andHorntrio for Horn, Violin and Pianoby Yehudi Wyner.
WVU music faculty performing will be Laura Kobayashi, violin; Andrew Kohn, double bass; Virginia Thompson, horn; Keith Jackson, trombone; and James Miltenberger, piano.
Wilson is currently Charles A. Dana Professor of Music in the School of Music at Ithaca College . WVU music professor Virginia Thompson is one of 13 horn players to whom Wilson dedicatedMusings,and she and professor James Miltenberger are performing the work for the first time on this program.
Wolff is Strauss Professor of Music Emeritus, as well as professor of classics emeritus at Dartmouth College .Dark as a Dungeonis based on a song by Merle Travis concerning the dangers of coal mining and was composed shortly after two mining disasters in Pennsylvania .
Wyner is Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition at Brandeis University and since 1991 has been a frequent visiting professor at Harvard University .Horntriowas a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Thompson was one of 30 collaborators who commissioned this trio, and she and Miltenberger presented one of the seven concurrent world premiere performances of the work on Dec. 7, 1997, with former WVU violin professor John Fadial.
For more information about the Faculty Chamber Ensemble concert, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.