Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Composer’s work premieres at music festival

KINGSVILLE - October 20, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Texas A&M-Kingsville composer and professor of music Greg Sanders’ latest work, Voices of the Wind for solo percussion, audio and images was recently premiered by percussionist Marc Wooldridge at the Composer in the Community New Music Festival jointly hosted by the Iowa Composer Forum and Northwestern College, Sept. 30. 

The work uses as it central inspiration the journal entries of 19th Century pioneer Mary Richardson Walker, who traveled by wagon train from Massachusetts to Oregon in 1845. The work is a reflection of the cathartic physical and spiritual trials that she, her husband and new child faced on the journey West, Sanders said. 

Sanders also was one of five featured composers at the event and took part in a discussion panel on “Defining Scared Music in the 21st Century.” He also presented a college-wide presentation of Voices of the Wind to Northwestern students and faculty.

Recent additional activities include two performances of his work Elegy: Jesus Wept performed by the Director’s Band of West Texas A&M University Summer Music Camps with professor emeritus Gary Garner, conductor.  His work Alarm: The Call to Duty [in memory the heroes of 9/11] was performed by the University of Massachusetts Lowell Symphonic Winds and at the Tsai Performance Hall of Boston University, both under the direction of conductor David Martin.

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