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Paderewski Prize Winner to Kick Off Project 21 Concert
A marimba piece by Polish composer Ewa Fabianska, the European winner of the inaugural Paderewski Prize for Music Composition, will kick off the April 16 Project 21 concert in the Bass Music Center. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Fabianska, an undergraduate at the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music, will present the North American premiere of her "Three Polish Dances for Three Marimbas." She and OCU senior Tim Holt are the first winners of the Paderewski Prize, co-sponsored by the Paderewski Academy and the Bass School of Music. Last month, Holt traveled to Poland for rehearsals and performance of his award-winning piece. The work will be performed by Gregory Ankinienko, Joseph Craven, and Jamie Whitmarsh. Fabianska has dedicated the performance to President Lech Kaczynski and the nearly 100 other lives tragically lost in the April 10, 2010 plane crash. The Polish president had been on his way to western Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. Also on Friday's program: • The opening movement of “Insights into Transience” by Jamie Whitmarsh, performed by Ryan Beach, trumpet, and E Ling Chia, piano. • “Almost Famous” by Benjamin Adgate featuring Brett Haynie, tenor; Catharine League, soprano; DaLeesa Flick, piano; and Summer Suffridge, cello. • A four-movement work, “In the Jungle,” by Danielle Kilhoffer, performed by flutist Deanna Acree. • “Profile for Snare and Tape No. 1” by Joseph Craven, featuring the composer on snare. • Max Randa’s four-movement “Wizard of Oz Suite” with Thomas Hamilton, flute; Josh Henry, clarinet; Will Smith, oboe; James Doss, horn; and Zach Tijerina, bassoon. • The second movement of Davis Good’s “Joker’s Interlude,” entitled “Hearts, Glassblowers of Time,” with Will Smith, oboe; Kaelyn Neal, piano; Michele Esch, violin; Summer Suffridge, cello; and Joseph Craven, wineglasses/glass bell. • The opening number of Adgate’s “East Side Prep” with Catharine League, Monique Abry,Parsley Samuel Beasley, Samuel Dowling and pianist DaLeesa Flick, followed by Adgate’s string quartet “Rhaspody in the Valley of Ashes,” premiered by Katie Nason, Kristin Byrdsong, Aubrey Wellfare, and Summer Suffridge. The program concludes with the premiere of Byron Martin’s song cycle “The Penultimate Action: Tales of death and those who gather ‘round” featuring baritone Clayton Brown and Corie Melaugh, piano. 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.