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Groups gather for 43rd composers’ concert

November 10, 2011

Joshua Mattison, a junior music education major, plays a trombone and tuba duet with Joe L. Alexander during the 43rd annual Louisiana Composers’ Consortium Concert Sunday evening. – Photo by Dacia Idom

Molly Bowman
Staff Reporter

 

Tech’s School of the Performing Arts hosted the 43rd annual Louisiana Composers’ Consortium Concert in the Recital Hall of Howard Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday.

 

Faculty and students from Tech, University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts came to perform in this concert.

 

Joe L. Alexander, an associate professor of music at Tech, said the students have enjoyed working on the pieces for this concert all quarter.

 

“We just love doing it; we really do,” he said. “The groups like to perform, and they get a chance to show off. Plus, from a student ensemble perspective, you work for a whole quarter on something, and it’s no fun just to play in a recital.They get a chance to play in front of the general public, which is always more fun.”

 

Alexander has been a member of the Louisiana Composers’ Consortium since 2002. His music has been performed throughout the United States as well as Ecuador and Germany.

 

His composition “March Though Time” premiered this year at Tech’s Octubafest at the end of October. “March Through Time” was the opening number at the concert in the Recital Hall.

 

Corey Green, a sophomore interior design major, said he loves coming to the music performances at Tech.

 

“I always come to support the arts,” Green said. “I love music so much.”

 

Alexander said one of the requirements of being a member of the consortium is to host a recital at least once a year. He said he doesn’t know exactly what the content of each recital will be every year.

 

“It’s completely up to the individual people and what they bring,” he said. “Most of the time I have no idea what the pieces will be like. It’s part of the fun. Also, it makes for an interesting program trying to figure out what would be good following what.”

 

Valerie Lott, a freshman music major, said she enjoyed the student compositions. The student compositions included “Winter Mellowy Night,” by Tiffany Woda and three duets for the trombone and tuba by Josh Mattison.

 

“I think it’s cool to see the works my peers produced,” Lott said.

 

Green said his favorite piece of the concert was Woda’s “Winter Mellowy Night.”

 

“It reminded me of a kid in a certain way,” he said. “I could picture myself in the snow. It painted a nice picture.”

 

Alexander said the concert had a wide variety of pieces performed at the concert – no two pieces were the same.

 

“The program varied widely from a compositional style to very conservative pieces,” he said. “You got a wide gamut from a compositional standpoint. None of the pieces were even remotely similar to each other by looking at what the individual composers did.”

 

Some Tech students like Green found the “Wood Cuts” performance by Mel Mobley intriguing. This performance included the cutting of paper with a pair of scissors to create a unique composition. Green said he enjoyed it, and it gave him inspiration to create his own piece.

 

“I told myself I was going to compose a piece using the light switch and a staple machine after seeing that performance.”

 

Alexander said that for every recital, they try to play what hasn’t been recently played and then try to bring one brand new piece into the program. Al Benner’s “Chaos” premiered at this concert. It was performed on the piano by Wesley Ducote from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.

 

Lott said music is important in life, and it weaves people a common thread.

 

“I think it’s something that brings a lot of us together,” she said. “You don’t have to necessarily like the same kind of music, but most everyone enjoys music in general.”

 

 

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