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School of Music Festival of Contemporary Art Music

Five free, public concerts highlight the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Art Music and Society of Composers, Region VII Conference

Compositions by Washington State University faculty will highlight the 2017 festival and conference, beginning with a Gala Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in Bryan Hall.

See the full festival and conference schedule for details.

Among highlights:

Wills Delony
Willis Delony

Visiting soloist Willis Delony, professor of keyboard and jazz at Louisiana State University, will perform with the WSU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Danh Pham, the new “Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” by Gregory Yasinitsky, WSU Regents professor and director of the School of Music. The concerto blends jazz and classical music. It received a standing ovation in January when premiered by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, with Delony as soloist.

The program also will include “Wynwood Project,” written for the WSU faculty ensemble Solstice Quintet by WSU professor David Jarvis, and “Stanzas,” written by faculty bassoonist Ryan M. Hare and performed by the WSU Symphony Orchestra.

The Festival of Contemporary Art Music celebrates art music of our own time. Works by student and faculty composers are highlighted along with those of visiting composers.

“Without the festival, and others like it, young people might not be introduced to this music,” said Charles Argersinger, professor emeritus and festival creator. “It really is in danger of becoming extinct.”

The 2017 Festival of Contemporary Art Music is made possible through generous support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Music. The festival was founded in 1989 by Dr. Argersinger and is currently under the direction of Ryan M. Hare.