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Virginia Tech music faculty perform Homages chamber music concert


   

Travis J. Cross, conductor Travis J. Cross conducts Homages, the first in a series of University Chamber Music concerts.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 25, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Department of Music presents Homages, the first in a series of University Chamber Music concerts, on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon.

Faculty members from the Virginia Tech Department of Music will perform works for large chamber wind ensemble, conducted by Travis J. Cross. Entitled Homages, the program opens with David Maslanka's "Little Concerto for Six Players," with movements influenced by Stravinsky, Poulenc, and Brahms. Pianist Tracy Cowden is featured on Jean Françaix's "Hommage à l'Ami Papageno," a witty series of variations on themes from Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte." Darius Milhaud's ground-breaking, jazz-influenced ballet "La création du monde" features David Jacobsen on saxophone. The program ends with John Husser soloing on Grammy Award winning composer Michael Daugherty's "Dead Elvis," one of the most frequently performed contemporary works for bassoon and chamber ensemble.

Tickets are $15 general / $10 senior / $5 student are are available at the Student Centers and Activities Ticket Office in Squires Student Center. To order tickets, call 540 231-5615, order online, or purchase tickets at the ticket office. Tickets will also be available at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance.

Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts, a unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is comprised of the Department of Music, the Department of Theatre and Cinema, and programs and classes in dance. The school is committed to education, training, and experience in the transformative power of the performing arts. In addition to producing more than 400 student, faculty, and guest-artist events each year, the school presents the annual Summer Arts Festival and maintains the university's artist registry.