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Original compositions by faculty, students and friends of East Central University will be featured in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 [MONDAY] in the Ataloa Theatre in ECU’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

Several works on the program will have their premiere performances, including “Elegy for Saxophone and Piano” by Dr. Mark Hollingsworth and “Mizmar Kaf Gimmel” (Psalm 23) by Dr. Alan Marshall.  

Also being presented for the first time ever in public are two choral pieces, “What Does it Profit a Man” and “O Domine Jesu Christe” by local composers Victoria Davison and Rudy Lupinski, both performed by the ECU Chorale under the direction of Dr. Steve Walker. 

A new spiritual, “And I Feel Like Goin’ Home,” by W.T. Skye Garcia, will be performed by the ECU Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Melody Baggech.

Two ECU students, Sarra J.C. Blok and Angela Marshall, will make their second appearances on the composer concert series. Blok’s “Invisible Children” is an instrumental piece expressing the plight of the forgotten and neglected children of the world. Marshall will contribute the video production, “Stars in a Nutshell,” for which she composed an original soundtrack.

New to the composer concert series are ECU freshman students Claire Marquardt, Christopher Adkins and Stephen Timperley. Marquardt, a veteran composer of works for solo piano, will present her award-winning piece, “Beyond the Green Dakota Rise,” while Adkins’ “Eclipse: The Falling of Darkness,” and Timperley’s “Cecilia” are both compositions for percussion.  

A third work for percussion ensemble, “The Rider on a White Horse,” will be premiered by Tommy Long, who is making his third appearance on the series.

Folk artist Bob Matson, a local piano technician, will round out the program with his original songs, “Dusty Roads” for voice and guitar, and “White Dove,” which he describes as a “9-11 tribute song.” 

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