Sept. 19, 2012 — Dr. James Grant, an American composer, will be in residence with SYMBIOSISDUO at Morehead State University on Oct. 8-9. SYMBIOSISDUO is composed of Gail Robertson, euphonium, and MSU’s Dr. Stacy Baker, tuba.
Dr. Grant will give a presentation on his choral symphony, “Such Was The War,” based on Walt Whitman’s correspondence, prose and poetry written during the Civil War years, when Whitman worked as a volunteer nurse. On Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m. in 338 Baird Music Hall, he will present a master class on “Composition and Business” and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 9 in 117 Baird Music Hall.
Dr. Grant will give a pre-concert talk Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Duncan Recital Hall of Baird Music Hall, prior to the premier performance of his Double Concerto for Euphonium and Tuba with Wind Ensemble by the MSU Symphony Band with SYMBIOSISDUO, under the direction of Dr. Richard Miles.
A prolific arranger and composer herself, Robertson will direct the MSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble in rehearsal on her original composition for eight euphoniums, titled “A Eupher’s Dream.” She will present her observations of the differences in the creative processes of arranging versus original composition, Oct. 8 at 1:50 p.m. in 117 Baird Music Hall.
All events are free and open to the public.
The residency is made possible by support of the Buckner and Sally S. Hinkle Endowment for Humanities, MSU’s Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Department of English, MSU ITEA (International Tuba Euphonium Association student organization), Theta Pi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (MSU student organization), Getzen Co., Christian Homeschool Fellowship of Morehead, Morehead State Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and SYMBIOSISDUO.
For additional information, contact Dr. Baker at 783-2107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.