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August 30, 2013

UCO presents local composer’s works in concert

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will present a performance by Professor of Music and Composer in Residence Samuel Magrill at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond.

This concert is a part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series, a yearlong performance series that highlights the talents of Central music faculty members. All performances take place on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Lab with proceeds supporting scholarships and the UCO School of Music.

Magrill, a Central faculty member since 1988, has written more than 100 compositions for a variety of instruments.

His work has been performed throughout the United States and abroad. His piece “Cello Rag Rag” premiered in Australia in 2001 and a collection of his works was performed at the 1995 Alternative and Art Reality in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Magrill also has received numerous awards and commissions, including ones from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Music Center and the American Composers Forum Continental Harmony Program.

Magrill’s upcoming concert will consist of some of his original compositions written during the 21st century. The pieces performed vary from works inspired by poems to those written to showcase the talents of other Central School of Music faculty.

“When composing, one of my main sources of inspiration is that I work among amazing talent at the School of Music,” Magrill said. “I love writing welcome pieces whenever the School of Music gets a new faculty member.”

Some of the “welcome pieces” to be performed showcase the talents of new faculty members including horn player Peggy Moran, baritone Robert Glaubitz, clarinetist Dawn Lindblade, bassist Michael Geib, flutist Natalie Syring and pianist Sallie Pollack.

Other pieces included in the concert are “BVP Trio,” a composition commissioned for President Don Betz’s inauguration concert and performed by bassoonist Lori Wooden and violist Ralph Morris and “Whitman Songs,” inspired by the American poet and performed by Glaubitz.

The concert is dedicated to Magrill’s late cousin, baritone Ian Geller, who performed and recorded the “Whitman Songs” with Magrill.

“This concert is truly a smorgasbord of some of my recent compositions and I look forward to seeing our talented faculty performing my work,” Magrill explained.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the UCO School of Music at 974-5004. Admission is free for Central students, faculty and staff with a Central ID.

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit www.uco.edu/cfad/events.

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