Preserving the Concert Tradition

Composer Steven Danyew joins the KSC Concert Band on Thursday November 3rd.

Concert lovers can fill their sails at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3, when the KSC Concert Band and choruses take the Main Stage at the Redfern Arts Center to present “Images in Sound: Preserving the Concert Tradition.”

Jim Chesebrough, KSC music faculty member, and KSC senior Sean Meagher, assistant conductor, direct the band in this performance, presented as part of the College’s 7th Biennial Symposium, What Sustains Us? Envisioning Our Future. Composer Steven Danyew, winner of the 2011 Keene State College Call for Scores competition, will join Dr. Chesebrough; Heather Gilligan, composer and assistant professor of music; and Joe Darby, musicologist, performer, and professor of music, in a pre-concert panel to discuss the importance of commissioning new music.

The performance features compositions that connect us to people, places, and things in our culture, including Danyew’s Flash Black, Eric Nathan’s Jump Start, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin, and Adam Gorb’s Bermuda Triangle. A new work by Andrew Boysen, Twilight of the Gods, exemplifies the current trend of multi-media composition, combining Boysen’s music with the video illustrations of visual artist Erik Evansen. The finale features the combined choruses performing Anton Bruckner’s “Gloria” from the Mass in E Minor.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for kids under 17, senior citizens and KSC students. Contact the Redfern Arts Center box office at 603-358-2168 or online.