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KSC Faculty Composers Recital Features Several Premieres

KEENE, N.H., 2/19/07 - Original compositions by Keene State College music faculty will be showcased in the Sixth Annual Faculty Composers Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The Faculty Composers Recital is the KSC Music Department’s musical celebration of new works by its talented faculty, and it is rapidly becoming one of the more popular performances of the spring. The works are performed by faculty and visiting artists and feature a variety of performing ensembles. This year’s concert will also include several world and regional premieres.

Among the works that will be heard are Craig Sylvern’s “In the Grove of Academus” for solo tenor saxophone and wind ensemble performed by Sylvern and the Keene State Concert Band; José Lezcano’s “Tango Overture” for string quartet performed by Keene State’s string instrument faculty and guest artists; Christopher Swist’s “Percussion Quartet no. 1” performed by the U.S. Army’s West Point Percussion Group; two songs by Elaine Broad Ginsberg sung by the Keene State Chamber Singers; and works by Ted Mann, Frank Wallace, and Tim Rogers.

In addition to composing music, Sylvern, a tenor saxophonist, is an associate professor and chairperson of the Music Department at Keene State and has toured for many years with Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band.

Lezcano, who was the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association’s Composer of the Year in 2002, is a professor of music at Keene State, where he received the College’s Award for Distinction in Research and Scholarship in recognition of his activities as a performer, scholar, and composer.

In addition to composing, Swist teaches percussion at Keene State and performs with the New Britain Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Steel Sunrise, Drumspeak, Lehninger-Swist Duo, Dance Connecticut, and Seven Angels Theater.

Ginsberg is a lecturer in the Music Department at Keene State, teaching courses in music theory and aural skills and the course History of Jewish Music.

Wallace teaches at his home in Antrim, New Hampshire, the Two Rivers Music School in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Keene State College, and Franklin Pierce College. He currently performs with soprano Nancy Knowles as Duo LiveOak and occasionally as a soloist.

Mann is a KSC music faculty member who teaches courses in the history of rock and roll, analytical techniques, and guitar, plus private guitar and lute instruction. In 2003, he was selected as Composer of the Year by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association.

Rogers has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and in numerous concert venues throughout New England. He teaches privately and is an instructor in the Music Department at Keene State.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office, 603-358-2168, at least two weeks before the recital.

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