Tuesday, April 9, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Music Composition Program will present "Voices from Within IV: Celebration of New Music" Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The concert is free to the public.
Westminster students participating in this year's concert include:
These students have studied composition with Westminster professors Dr. Daniel Perttu, assistant professor of music theory and composition, and Dr. Jason Howard, visiting assistant professor of music. They will also have pieces performed in this concert.
The concert is comprised of eleven works for groups ranging in size from single solo artists to a chamber orchestra. In addition to featured premiere performances of compositions by students and faculty, the concert will feature guest artist and saxophonist Mathew C. Ferraro.
Ferraro has been playing saxophone and teaching music in the Youngstown/Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas for over 25 years. His extensive playing career includes various Broadway shows at Cleveland's Playhouse Square, including Annie, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls and the Radio City Rockettes. He has also backed many national artists such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Manhattan Transfer, Barry Manilow and was featured soloist with Smokey Robinson in 1994. He has performed with various big bands throughout the area including the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Randy Purcell's Big Fat Band and the Balcony Big Band in Pittsburgh.
This annual concert series was started in 2010 by Perttu as a way to both promote the creation of new music and showcase the talent of Westminster's student-composers. This concert series has featured numerous guest artists and composers, such as Robert Rollin, David Cutler, and Kirk O'Riordan.
Contact Perttu at (724) 946-7024 or email for additional information.