The artistry, talent and inspiration of 12 local composers will be featured at the Seventh Annual East Central University Faculty, Students and Friends Composer Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will premier several new compositions, including four instrumental ensemble works by Steve Filkins, a senior sacred music major from Oklahoma City; Angela Marshall, a 2011 ECU graduate from McAlester; Tommy Long, a 2012 ECU grad from Tecumseh; and John Stone, a junior music major from Seminole.
Three solo artists – Claire Marquardt, a junior piano major from Poteau; Ashley Tucker, a junior vocal music major from Sasakwa; and Anna Tynsky, of Ada - will be performing their own compositions at the concert.
ECU Music Department faculty members presenting works at this year’s concert include Rudy Lupinski and ECU artist-in-residence Victoria Davison. These well-known local composers will present the premiere of their new vocal composition “Ave Maria,” performed by Dr. Steve Walker.
Dr. Alan Marshall’s vocal solo “Remains” will be performed by his wife Dr. Melody Baggech. Both the lyrics and music to this song were written by Marshall when he was an undergraduate student.
Dr. Ben Finley joins the concert with a brand new rhythmic percussion piece entitled “Stynographic’ which is an anagram for the name “Tyson”, after Blake Tyson, Finley’s former mentor and dedicatee.
W.T. Skye Garcia will team up with senior ECU instrumental music major Stephen McCleskey, of Ardmore, to present Garcia’s composition “Gentle Breeze,” from Three American Miniatures for Trumpet and Piano. This piece was inspired by a poem written by Garcia’s wife, Sarah.