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OCU Student Composers to Present Seven World Premieres
A quintet for oboe and strings, a waltz for violin and piano, and a new work for string quartet are among seven world premieres by Oklahoma City University student composers on the March 25 concert of new music group Project 21. Thursday’s concert at the Bass Music Center begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The program kicks off with “Suite for Unaccompanied Cello: Prelude” by Joseph Cruise Berry, featuring cellist Wesley Hornpetrie. Joseph Belle’s “String Quartet No. 2 ‘Larghetto’” spotlights violinists Natalia Canon Valencia and Katie Nason, Byron Martin on viola, and Alejandro Acera, cello. Composer/percussionist Joseph Craven will perform on marimba and team with cellist Jeremy Sheets for the premiere of Craven’s “Of Lonely Places.” Danielle Kilhoffer’s “Waltz for Violin and Piano” will be premiered by Valencia on violin, with the composer on piano. Davis Good will perform on piano for the premiere of his “Elysia,” with Craven on marimba. Pianist E Ling Chia will present the premiere of Jamie Whitmarsh’s “a Melancholic Shade of Purple.” The program concludes with Felipe Nieto’s “Quintet for Oboe and Strings” with Will Smith, oboe; Natalia Canon Valencia and Jessica McCrary, violin; Colin Waddell, viola; and Alejandro Acero, cello The final Project 21 concert of the 2009-10 season is scheduled for April 16. For more information on Project 21 and the music composition program at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, contact Dr. Edward Knight at eknight@okcu.edu.