Campbell University’s Artist Performance Series will present a Concert of Living American Composers on Thursday, March 14, at 8 p.m. in Scott Concert Hall on the Buies Creek campus. Admission is free.
The concert will feature the music of Tayloe Harding, Betty Wishart, Keith Dippre and Andrew Sauerwein. Immediately following the concert, everyone is invited to meet the composers.
Violinist Rachel Reese, of Louisiana State University, will perform Andrew Sauerwein’s “Kibo” (Japanese for “hope”), a meditation on the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Japanese coastline. The piece was composed for Ms. Reese who participated in the relief efforts.
Two pieces by Tayloe Harding, dean of the University of South Carolina School of Music, will be featured. The Johnson/Fugo Duo will perform “At the Marion Opera House” for cello and piano. The first performance by the duo was in 1981 at the Marion (SC) Opera House.
Each of the work’s three movements has a specific former public use of the Opera House as its title and inspiration. Sheldon Johnson, of Radford University, will perform “Fantabeljin” for alto saxophone.
Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, Artist-in-Residence at Piedmont College in Georgia will perform compositions by Betty Wishart from Campbell University. She will open the concert with “Sonata II,” a work she recorded on the “Piano Sonorities” album for Ravello Records.
After intermission Dr. Astolfi will perform seven “Preludes,” including four world premieres.
“Ruins of the Pueblo” by Keith Dippre, chairman of the Music Department at Methodist University, will conclude the concert. The rock band format (piano, electric guitar, electric bass, trumpet, alto saxophone, set drums) narrates an amalgamation of styles.