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Project 21 Premieres Holt's Prize-Winning Composition
The world premiere of the first Paderewski Prize-winning composition, by Oklahoma City University composition major Tim Holt, will be the grand finale of the Project 21 concert at OCU’s Bass School of Music on Feb. 11. The work is one of five new pieces to debut at Thursday’s free concert in the Bass Music Center, beginning at 8 p.m. “Nocture for String Quartet,” by junior composition major Joseph Belle, will be premiered by Natalia Cañón Valencia, Katie Nason, Byron Martin, and Alejandro Acosta Acero. Freshman Davis Good will unveil “Spades, Wardens of the Void,” the first movement of his “Joker’s Interlude,” with an ensemble featuring Will Smith, oboe; Kaelyn Neal, piano; Michele Esch, violin; Summer Suffridge, cello; Brendan Bradford, double bass and china cymbal; and Leticia Vargas, double bass and suspended cymbal. Freshman composer Arielle O’Keefe will accompany herself on piano as she sings “Everysong.” Nick Poss, a freshman composition major, makes his Project 21 debut with “Nausea,” performed by Angelica Pereira and Natalia Cañón Valencia, violin; Michael Wright, viola; Diana Ruffin, cello; and Hamilton Pyburn, double bass. The program concludes with the premiere of Holt’s “Percussion Sextet,” winner of the inaugural international Paderewski Prize for Music Composition. The three-movement work will be presented by Jamie Whitmarsh, vibraphone; Alex Lofland and Joseph Craven, marimba; Dane Romano, percussion I; David Calhoun, percussion II; and Jill Jantzen, piano. “Percussion Sextet” will receive its European premiere March 15 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music. ?With the prize, Holt wins an all-expense paid trip to Europe for rehearsals and the premiere of his work. In a cultural exchange, student composer Ewa Fabianska of the Paderewski Academy will travel to Oklahoma City University for the rehearsal and premiere of her work, “Three Polish Dances for Three Marimbas,” at the April 16 season-finale Project 21 new music concert. For more information on music composition at Oklahoma City University, contact Dr. Edward Knight at (405) 208-5274;