The Composition Studio in the West Virginia University School of Music will present a concert of new music, Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8:15 p.m. in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) at the Creative Arts Center. The concert will feature the work of six student composers from the studio of WVU Composer-in-Residence John Beall.

The event is free and open to the public.

The program includes nine chamber and solo works and encompasses a diverse range of musical styles.

Louis Falbo, a composition and history major from Charleston, W.Va., has written two pieces for the concert. One is a dark sonata for violin and piano, and the other is an uplifting brass quintet, dedicated to fellow music major Jerry Hildenbrand’s beautiful high notes on the trumpet.

Timothy Kowalski, from Woodbridge, N.J., is a composition major and trumpet player. His two-movement work “Epistemology” was written in the fall of 2012 and was inspired by the branch of philosophy which deals with the question: What distinguishes false knowledge from true knowledge?

Adam Plantz, another native of Charleston, W.Va., is also a composition major and trumpet player. Plantz’s solo cello piece “Inner Thoughts” was written and premiered in the summer of 2011 in Berlin, Germany. The piece has also been performed at the Lincoln Center in New York and at University of Michigan. Thursday evening is the first time the work will be performed in Morgantown.

Alan Racadag is a composition major and violinist who is also from Charleston, W.Va. He will be playing a movement from his larger work “Two Movements for Violin and Piano.” The movement is dedicated to his mother and is based on one of her favorite pieces of music.

Also on the program is “Creator of the Stars of Night,” written by composition major and pianist Jacob Sandridge, a native of Philippi, W.Va. His piece is a set of free variations on the seventh century Latin Hymn” Conditor Alme Siderum.” The piece is scored for two flutes, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bass clarinet.

The final composer featured on the program is Raphael Langoni Smith. Smith hails from Rio de Janeiro and will have three pieces played Thursday night. “Cavaleiro” is a woodwind quintet piece that depicts the glory and decadence of contemporary popular music in Brazil. “Midgar Zolom Bet” is his fifth piece in the Square Wave Army, a series of pieces for an ever-increasing number of clarinets. “Merc�rio” is a concertino for violin, string quartet and dumbek (a small drum of Arabic origin) that cycles contemplation and excitement like day and night.

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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