Tuesday, March 26, 2013

april 5-6 | wave after wave | samc at twu

For many of us, there are few things more beautiful than the enchanting sounds of a harp. Now, for the first time ever, WAVE AFTER WAVE, an original composition by the Dean of Trinity Western's School of Arts, Media, and Culture for harp and orchestra is shared with the public. 

Last year, Music majors in the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University competed to have a composition written especially for them by David Squires, Ph.D., their Dean. Fourth-year harpist Esther Cannon was the lucky winner, and the result is WAVE AFTER WAVE, a concerto for harp and orchestra premiering April 5 and 6 as part of TWU’s Festival of the Arts, Media and Culture

Squires, who lives in Abbotsford, wrote the piece during a sabbatical leave in 2012. It is his seventh collaboration with university student performers, and the second concerto to feature a student. “When musicians work with a living composer who’s right in front of them, they can ask you why you wrote the piece a certain way, and you can make changes as you go,” said Squires. “That’s what music is—a living thing that exists between a composer, performer, and audience.” This co-creation suits Squires well, as his passion lies in not only teaching music to students but also experiencing it with them.

WAVE AFTER WAVE, will be featured in two orchestral performances next week: Friday, April 5 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Langley, and Saturday, April 6 at Peace Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. The full program, shared between the university’s Orchestra and Concert Band, features music ranging from Vaughan Williams and Copland to Gershwin and Tchaikovsky. Both performances begin at 7:30.

Admission is by donation ($10 suggested). More information is available at twu.ca/samc.

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