The world premieres of several new compositions by West Virginia University music students will be featured during a New Music Concert at the Creative Arts Center on Friday (April 8).

The free event begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and will premiere new works by students Evan Boegehold, Adam Plantz, Alan Racadag, Matthew Jackfert and Robert Senay.

In addition, there will be a work by Scott Wyatt, professor of music composition at the University of Illinois. Dr. Wyatt will be guest artist at WVU on Friday, where he will present a video and discuss his collaborative piece for two giant Tesla coils of approximately a million volts. This presentation will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). This presentation is also free and open to the public.

The full program for the New Music Concert includes:

“Music for Seven Trumpets,” by Evan Boegehold, featuring Boegehold and fellow music students Jeremy Bryner Gerald Hildenbrand, Cody Lassinger, Adam Plantz, David Ruckle and Molly Thomas on trumpets. Boegehold, who grew up in Morgantown, is a music composition and trumpet performance major who will graduate this spring and plans to continue his studies in music composition at Central Michigan University.

“Sonata for Violin and Piano” (2010) by Adam Plantz, featuring faculty violinist Mikylah McTeer and student pianist Maria Crystalia. Plantz, of Charleston, W.Va., is currently a sophomore studying music composition and trumpet.

“Lencten” (2011) by Robert Senay, will be conducted by student Alan Heath, and will feature students Phil Bracken, flute, Jamal Davidson, oboe, Larissa Harden, clarinet, Sara Bryan, bassoon, Ryan Scott, horn, Adam Plantz, trumpet, Joseph Jefferson, trombone, Zane Cupec and Matthew Zeh, percussion, faculty member Christine Mazza, harp, Kristi Holstein, Taylor Giorgio and Alan Racadag, violins, Emily Peden and Sara Lyle, violas, Rayce Leib, violoncello, and Frank Deets, double bass. Senay is a doctoral student in music from Washington, Pa.

Following intermission will be “Voeladius” (2010) by Alan Racadag, conducted by student Aleajandro Pinz�n and featuring Racadag and Geordie Smith on violins, Lauren McDaniel, viola, Gina Dibaldo, violoncello, and Frank Deets, double bass. Racadag, of Charleston, W.Va., is a sophomore music composition student.

“Duoletto” (2010) by Matthew Jackfert will feature students Philip Bracken, flute, and Sara Bryan, bassoon. Jackfert, of Charleston, W.Va., will graduate this spring with a double major in music composition and Chinese. He is currently in The People’s Republic of China completing requirements for his degree in Chinese language.

The program will conclude with “Time Mark” (1993) for Percussion and Electronic Sounds by Scott Wyatt, featuring faculty member George Willis, percussion.

Wyatt serves as the director of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios. The work he will present at 1 p.m. Friday is “Risky Business: a tribute to Nikola Tesla” (2008), that he composed with Mark Smart, an engineer/technician at the University of Illinois Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“Risky Business” is a blend of studio realized electroacoustic music, live Continuum Fingerboard performance, and live audio generated from the Tesla coils, both receiving a combination of audio and MIDI signals.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was an inventor and a mechanical and electrical engineer known for many revolutionary contributions in the field of electricity and magnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1888, he developed the principles of his Tesla coil, a type of resonant transformer circuit, generally used to generate very high voltage, low current, high frequency alternating current electricity, originally intended for wireless transmission of messages and power.

For more information about the recital, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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