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Student compositions will be joined by faculty expertise

Virtuosic, gorgeous and cranial were words used to describe select student compositions that will be featured at this year’s Faculty/Student Concert, at 7 p.m. March 22, in the Fe Bland Forum.

Music professor Mike Eglin, who commented on the pieces, said that he expects the concert to sell out. Students, faculty and community members come together to enjoy a tradition that he said has been going on for several years now.

The performers are all music students, with the exception of Eglin and Dr. John Clark, the Music department chair. Eglin and Clark planned the program together.

“The concert is going to begin with a piece by (Russian composer Sergei) Rachmaninoff, a piano piece for six hands,” Eglin said. He described it as “densely textured, with lush harmonies.”

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Students Mahealani Furukawa and Emma Huston, together with Clark, will perform this particular composition.

Huston will also be performing a solo piano piece she wrote. Its first movement is very reflective, with a second movement that is fast paced and virtuosic, Eglin said.

Eglin predicted that one of the highlights of the evening will be the SBCC Chamber Brass Quintet playing “The Great Gate of Kiev,” by another Russian composer Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky. This piece will close the first half of the concert.

Pianist Jeremy Reincke wrote and will perform his own piece, which Eglin called “contemplative meditation.”

Almost all of the student composers are a part of the SBCC Composer’s Forum, which Eglin took over for this year while its creator, Margaret Hontos, is on sabbatical.

“We get together and we analyze pieces, listen to a lot of contemporary pieces, and share pieces with each other,” Eglin said. “We essentially collaborate as composers by studying our great craft.”

Student Alex Alexander is responsible for the one-movement “Spinne” for string quartet, which Eglin described as “totally cranial.”

He said that its performance will be complex and engaging.

Student composer Brian Hansen will have his piece, “Not Nopedie,” performed by the brass quintet. Eglin said the piece is “gorgeous.”

The concert will close with the “Ebony Concerto,” by yet a third Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, performed by Kathryn Wolf on clarinet and Clark on piano.

Tickets will be $10 general admission, with the proceeds going to benefit the music department’s scholarship fund, and can be purchased at the Garvin Theatre box office. Call (805) 965-5935 for more information.

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