Since 1996, Friends University’s composer- or conductor-in-residence program has brought fresh and powerful talent to the stage in Wichita. This year will be no different as Larry Clark, renowned band composer and conductor leads the Friends University Concert Band in a performance of his own compositions at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
“I am at national meetings where I have the opportunity to meet some of the better known composers in the United States,” said Dr. John Taylor, professor of music at Friends University. “I have known about Larry Clark and his music for many years, so I invited him to come for this event.”
One of Clark’s pieces that will be performed is “Be Thou My Vision,” which Dr. Taylor said “is a lovely and exciting setting of the old hymn tune. I thought it would be a great piece for Friends University since it is based on a sacred text.”
Another piece, “Da Vincian Visions,” is named for Leonardo DaVinci. “Clark created a melody; then using the creative model of Da Vinci, he attempted to create a series of inventions that looked at the melody from various angles, the process that DaVinci used to solve problems,” Dr. Taylor said.
Each year, the Concert Band hosts an internationally renowned composer to come to campus to work with students and to conduct his or her works.
“This is a unique experience for our students and audiences. Working directly with a composer provides insights and understandings in the way composers work to create music,” Dr. Taylor said.
Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors and students. For more information about this show or other Fine Arts events and performances, please call the Friends University Fine Arts Office at 316-295-5677.
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