The East Central University Music Department will present the 13th Annual ECU Faculty, Students and Friends Composer Concert on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
The concert, free and open to the public, is under the direction of W.T. Skye Garcia, composer and concert series coordinator. The event has been billed as a Special Faculty and Alumnae Edition.
The concert will open with Romanza (2013), a piano solo written by Angela Marshall and performed by the composer.
A premiere performance will follow as Absence (2019), a violin solo written by Susanne Woolley, will be played by Woolley, with Garcia accompanying her on the piano.
A Time for Everything (2013), written by Stephen Timperley will be played by Timperley on the marimba.
Next will be King Baggy Pants and Mervin Mud Puddle from Three Children’s Stories (1990) by Alan Marshall, with lyric by Melody Baggech. The text was a penned by Baggech for extra credit while in the seventh grade. A few decades later, Marshall set them for soprano, oboe and piano. They have been reworked for this performance, substituting a soprano saxophone for the oboe. Baggech will provide the voice, Rudy Lupinski will be on the piano and Anthony Smith will be on the soprano saxophone.
Another premiere performance will be next as Anna Tynsky will perform her composition Warm Warm (2019) on the guitar, with vocal, percussion and loop pedal.
Keep Up (2018), a new piano duo by Zach Garcia, will be performed by W.T. Skye Garcia and Miriam Kast White on two pianos.
This is the Body and Blood of Christ (2009), composed by Victoria Davison and
Lupinski, will be performed by members of the ECU Vocal Ensemble – Makaila Rodriguez, Nicole Marie Roller, Courtney Phillips, Kashaun Barber, Rebecca Davidson and Steven Davidson.
Nicholaus Meyers will perform his duet composition Awakening (2014) on the marimba, with Jace Vickers on euphonium.
Jacob’s Key, from Montgomery Mansion (2004) by Lupinski, with lyric by Vickie Reifsnider, will be performed next. The piece will feature a duet by Mariana Escobar Chavez and Ivan Huerta. Also performing are members of ECU Showtime: Kashaun Barber, Huerta, Russell McCreary, Chavez, Zana Johnson, Aubrie Cram and Shelby Stinson.
Diamonds from Montgomery Mansion (2004) will feature Darice Strickland (lyrics) and Lupinski, with Cram as vocal soloist.
The concert will conclude with I Want to Spend it with You from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow (2010), composed by Lupinski and Reifsnider, with lyric by Reifsnider and Strickland.