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Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music to present three concerts between Feb. 28 and March 2

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University will present three concerts between Feb. 28 and March 2.

The performances will take place on the university campus. Admission is free, and, unless otherwise noted, a live stream of the performances will be available at Details of the events are as follows:

“Twentieth-Century Chamber Music Masterpieces,” 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
Under the direction of Mélisse Brunet, an assistant professor who directs Appalachian’s orchestral activities, faculty members and students from the Hayes School of Music will team up with guests to perform masterworks from the 20th century.

The program will include Arnold Schoenberg’s transcription of Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” Igor Stravinsky’s “Octet” and Paul Hindemith’s “Kammermusik Opus 24, No. 1 for 12 Solo Instruments.”

Note: no live stream is available for this performance.

Student Composition Recital, 8 p.m. March 1, Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
This concert will feature music composed by the students of Dr. Ben Hjertmann, an assistant professor and the coordinator of composition at Appalachian. All the concert’s composers are majoring in music composition.

There will be two works for solo piano: S.J. Higgins’ “Virginia Brown” and Kazuto D. Byars’ “Piano Sonata in B-flat Major.” Higgins, a sophomore, hails from Willow Spring, and Byars, a sophomore, hails from Ellenboro.

“The Lavender Twig,” composed for flute and harp by Jonathan Snead, will be on the program. Snead is a freshman from Apex.

The program will feature two pieces for string quartet: Lindsay Hemingway’s “Lost In Thought” and Zachary Lloyd’s “Look to the Sky.” Hemingway is a junior from Cape Coral, Florida. Lloyd is a senior from Rougemont.

Brady Storm Kennedy, a junior from Hamptonville, will perform “Dexter,” her work for percussion.

Joshua Aguiar’s “A night on the street” will get the nod, having been scored for bass, guitar, drum set, tenor sax and tenor banjo. Aguiar, a senior, is from Bluefield, West Virginia.

Deborah Rosengarth, a sophomore from Raleigh, will sing and play keyboards in a performance of her original work “The Way It Goes,” which is also scored for guitar, bass and drum set.

The program will conclude with Benjamin Dawson’s “Kyrie,” a piece for mixed choir and two violins, viola, cello and double bass. Dawson is a second-year graduate student from Abingdon, Virginia.

Appalachian Jazz Ensemble II, 8 p.m. March 2, Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
Under the direction of Rod Berry, an adjunct instructor of music history and jazz studies at Appalachian, this ensemble will perform music composed or arranged for big band.

The program will include Frank Foster’s “Shiny Stockings,” Eric Richard’s “Arranco,” Antônio Carlos Jobim’s “Wave” and Duke Jordan’s “Jordu.” Also featured will be Sammy Nestico’s “Soft as Velvet,” Mike Carubia’s “Buffalo Wings” and Scott Stanton’s “Six String Shuffle.”

Zack Litty, a freshman bass trombonist from Cary who is majoring in music education, will solo in “Wave.” Austin Bowling, a freshman alto saxophonist from Raleigh who is majoring in music industries studies, will solo in “Soft as Velvet.” Sam Utz, a sophomore guitarist from Morehead City who is majoring in music industry studies, will solo in “Six String Shuffle.”

About the Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate-level programs.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.