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Knight Premieres Five Compositions in Six Months
Dr. Edward Knight’s “Inbox,” a four-movement work for flute, viola and piano, was premiered Jan. 28 in the Pendulum Concert Series at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Knight is director of music composition and composer-in-residence at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. The trio is among five premieres of Knight works in six months: “Hit On All Sixes” by the OCU Wind Philharmonic Dec. 4; trombone quartet by the SlideHandlers at OCU Jan. 13; the flute viola, and piano trio; a work for contrabass written for the 2009 International Society of Bassists for graduate student Karol Kowal; and a piece for trumpet and organ commissioned by Professor Michael Anderson for the 2009 International Trumpet Guild conference. His new trio, “Inbox,” features movements entitled Do Not Delete, Classmate Quest, Match.com, and E-Bay Bid War. The premiere at CU’s Grusin Music Hall was by Christina Jennings, flute; Matthew Dane, viola; and Alexandra Nyugen, piano. This spring, Knight will become the first Oklahoma artist in residence at the California-based Djerassi Artist Program. Now in its 28th year, the Djerassi fellowship is awarded eight composers each year. Fellows are guests at a 580-acre ranch preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains for a month of uninterrupted work and reflection. Knight will be in residence May 26-June 25, 2009. In 2008, Knight was one of 60 “fresh and innovative” artists invited to create on the Ucross Foundation’s Wyoming ranch, near the Montana border. He is a 2007 winner of the Aaron Copland Award, and a past fellow at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies. His fanfare “To the Stars,” is featured on the commercial CD “Holidays of the New Era,” from ERMMedia. The work, premiered at the opening of the Bass Music Center, was recorded by the Prague Radio Symphony. The release marks the fifth commercial CD featuring Knight’s work in the past four years, including recordings from Albany Records and Capstone Records.