Compositions by students in the West Virginia University School of Music will be featured during a New Music Concert at the Creative Arts Center on Friday (Feb. 17).

The free event begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and will feature works by students Robert Senay, a doctoral student from Washington, Pa.; Rafael Langoni Smith, an exchange student from Rio de Janiero, Brazil, who is studying for a master’s degree; Jaime Doerr, a senior from Elkins, W.Va.; Alan Racadag, a junior from Charleston, W.Va., and Jacob Sandridge, a sophomore double major in piano/composition from Philippi, W.Va.

The students are all from the studio of John Beall, WVU composer-in-residence, whose work will also be on the program.

According to Dr. Beall, all of the music can be described as contemporary classical and all of the music is instrumental.

“Most of the music is for small ensembles—sextets, quartets, trios, etc.—but two works are solo compositions,” he said.

The solo compositions include Alan Racadag’s piano solo, “Anonymous,” and Beall’s “Cello Fantasy,” performed by WVU cello professor William Skidmore.

The audience can expect a wide variety of styles.

Racadag is also violinist and is making his first public appearance playing the piano with “Anonymous.”

Doerr’s “12-Tone C.A.C. Zone,” for three bassoons, utilizes all twelve pitches of the chromatic spectrum, but features the notes C, A, and C, a reference to the WVU arts facility.

Langoni Smith’s “Graviga Gulag” is written for three clarinets and is part of a series of pieces for multiple clarinets. Sandridge is represented by a string quartet, and Senay’s composition is for mixed winds, strings and percussion.

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



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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