Composers premiere masterpieces during BHSU music extravaganza

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, February 23, 2015/Categories: 2015








           BHSU&rsquos New Music Extravaganza Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Meier Recital Hall will feature premieres of several new compositions for piano, percussion, strings and flute, including a piece inspired by the LUX experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.



Black Hills State University presents a New Music Extravaganza concert Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.  The Extravaganza features new music composed by, and written for, Spearfish composers and musicians including the premiere of a piece inspired by the science at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

"LUX" composed by Dr. Symeon Waseen, assistant professor of music at BHSU, pays homage to the search for dark matter through the Large Underground Xenon experiment (LUX) at the Sanford Lab at the former Homestake Mine in Lead.

"This will be a great concert for adventurous music lovers who are prepared to hear some fascinating new sounds," said Waseen. "For the &lsquoLUX&rsquo piece, I translated the idea of the experiment into music with electronic sounds representing the effects of dark matter followed by piano and percussion."

Thursday&rsquos Extravaganza will also feature the premiere of two pieces composed by students.  Jesse Dunaway, senior music education major from Rapid City, will premiere a percussion and piano piece, and Kaylee DuPont, a student at Spearfish High School who takes private composition lessons with Waseen, will premiere a work for string quartet and solo flute.

Dr. Christopher Hahn, assistant professor of music at BHSU, will also perform a new work for solo trumpet.  

Waseen and his wife, Amber, an instructor of music at BHSU, will perform a flute and piano work commissioned from James Roming, a composition instructor at Western Illinois State University.

"James Roming wrote &lsquoLeaves from Modern Trees&rsquo for my wife and I," said Waseen.  "We&rsquove been waiting for an occasion to perform it, and the New Music Extravaganza seemed like the perfect opportunity."

The New Music Extravaganza is free and open to the public.  Donations to BHSU Friends of Music Scholarships are accepted at the door.

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