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Placing a special emphasis on student compositions, the East Central University Music Department is conducting its 12th Annual ECU Faculty, Students and Friends Composer Concert – Special Student Edition – on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public.

W.T. Skye Garcia, instructor in the ECU Music Department, will serve as the concert series coordinator. Over the years, more than 100 works by area composers have been featured on the concert series, including several that have won regional as well as national awards, and some that have received publication. 

Garcia refers to the current class of ECU student composers as “one of the most talented and imaginative class of composers” he has ever had the privilege to work with.

ECU student Aimee Jones, of McAlester, will perform her sacred vocal composition – I Know – accompanied by Garcia on the piano.

Love Unknown, written by ECU student Christopher L. Bragg of Sulphur, will be performed by the ECU Tiger Brass Quintet.

The Clandestine Travels Of The Gentleman from eldridge manor & and His White Rabbit, written by John Garrett Crook, of Moore, will be performed on the piano by ECU staff accompanist Rudy Lupinski.

The New Colossus, a vocal composition for men’s chorus, written by Philip Robert Newcomer, of Ada, will also be presented.

Tie Up Your Camel, a duet for flute and multi-percussion, by Avery Stevens, also of Ada, will be performed by Chance Van Sandt, of Foyil, and Ethan Linfoot, of Sapulpa.

Seaside Lullaby, by Van Sandt and recently named winner of the 2017 ECU Composition Contest, will be performed by Krysta Brown, of Prague on the clarinet, accompanied by Garcia on the piano.

Colors (RGB), by Woodrow Clark, of Dickson, will be performed by ECU student Jessica Wilcox, of Oklahoma City, on xylophone and bongos; Timothy Kuchera, of Moore, on marimba and timbales and Cody Tollison, of Broken Bow, on vibraphone and congas.

Finally, Cliffside, written by Corey Hubbard of Moore, will be performed by ECU Percussion Quartet members B.J. Stinson, of Ardmore; Hubbard; Linfoot and T.J. Tolbert, of Ardmore.

The night will conclude with the presentation of the ECU Compys, the biannual awards given to the outstanding ECU composers in a variety of genres.


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