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CU to host Kentucky Composers Concert on Oct. 26

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By The Staff

A Kentucky Composers Concert, sponsored by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, will take place Sunday, Oct. 26 when the association meets on the campus of Campbellsville University for its 56th Annual State Conference.

The concert is a highlight of the conference and features composers from around the state in performances of their works. Program time is 8 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel. The public is invited to the free concert.

A special feature of the concert with be the premier of a work commissioned by KMTA from Louisvillian Richard Burchard for seven-part chorus and organ. Titled "Lord, God of this Great Night," the new composition is based on a prayer by Thomas Merton reproduced in the book "Dialogues with Silences: Prayers and Drawings."

Merton was a monk for much of his life at Gethsemani Abbey near New Haven. The new composition will be performed by the Louisville Youth Performing Arts School Chorale under the direction of Timothy Glasscock.

In the months to come, Burchard's work will be entered in a national contest sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association, the parent organization of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, as an entry for the commissioned work of the year. Burchard teaches composition, arranging, music technology, music theory and world music at Bellarmine University. His compositions consist primarily of choral works and have been performed throughout the United States.

Also on the Kentucky Composers Concert will be works by David Doran, Nelson Keyes, Sara Buchanan MacLean and Charles W. Smith.

Using Johann Sebastian Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" as a guide, Doran composed 24 Little Preludes and Fugues for piano solo, and dedicated each to members of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association. Campbellsville University instructor in music Judith Davis was the recipient of one such piece and will perform it at the program. Two other preludes and fugues by Doran will be performed by Patricia Barnes Griffith. Doran is professor emeritus at Jefferson Community College, and Griffith is professor of piano at Kentucky State University.

Campbellsville University's Graduate Piano Quartet will perform Keyes' "8 by 4 on 2 (or 20)" on two pianos. The unique title means that the piece is for eight hands by four pianists on two pianos, or 20, as was the case at its premier performance by the All-State Teachers Ensemble in 1986, as the KMTA commissioned work of the year.

Keyes was professor of composition at the University of Louisville for many years before his death in 1987. The University Graduate Piano Quartet consists of Carla Farias, Priscila Souza, Ying-Huei Ting and Zhi-Wei Zheng.

Louisvillian Denine LeBlanc will perform MacLean's "Four Fairy Tales" for solo piano. LeBlanc teaches piano at the University of Louisville.

Stephen and Eleanor Brown from Murray will perform Smith's "Duo" for two pianos. Smith taught flute and composition at Western Kentucky University until his retirement. The Browns are faculty members at Murray State University.

The concert will be followed by a reception hosted by Campbellsville University's School of Music and the Central Kentucky Music Teachers Association in the lobby of Ransdell Chapel.

For more information on this year's KMTA Conference, contact local host Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music at Campbellsville University, at 789-5287.