Compositions by William Harbinson featured April 9

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Article Published: Apr. 4, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 10, 2013
Compositions by William Harbinson featured April 9

William Harbinson, faculty member and former dean of the Hayes School of Music, is a commissioned composer whose works will be performed April 9.

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Compositions by William Harbinson will be performed April 9 at Appalachian State University.
“Six for Two to Five: Chamber Music of William Harbinson” begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Hill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. The public is invited.

Harbinson is a faculty member and former dean of the Hayes School of Music. The title of the faculty recital series refers to the number of compositions to be performed in settings for two to five musicians.

Thirteen different music faculty members will perform Harbinson’s work.

“I am so fortunate to work with people like this,” he said of his colleagues who have been rehearsing for the performance. “That’s the way we work over here. We have such good people. It will be a fun evening of works featuring different instrumentation.”

The performance featuring Harbinson’s compositions was suggested by the music faculty who wanted to showcase some of his lesser-known chamber music. Harbinson is a commissioned composer whose music is performed by high school and college wind ensembles, symphonic bands and brass ensembles. He also is known to compose works specifically for his fellow music faculty.

First on the program is “Sonata for Bassoon and Piano,” written for bassoonist Jon Beebe and the late Alan Kindt, who was a professor of piano at Appalachian. It will be performed by Beebe and pianist Rodney Reynerson. Horn player Karen Robertson and pianist Christina Hayes will perform “Caprice for Horn and Piano,” written for Robertson and premiered at a regional conference for horn players.

“Three Shades for Four Players” was written in 2007 for Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham on flute, Nancy Bargerstock on violin, Kenneth Lurie on cello and Bair Shagdaron on piano and who will perform the piece.

“Roses” is based on poems by Thomas Bailey Aldrich and will be performed by tenor Randall Outland. It was written for Outland in 1998.

“Sonata for Flute and Piano,” performed by Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham and Rodney Reynerson, was written for Schneeloch-Bingham and performed by her at a national flute conference.

The final piece on the program, “Quintet No. 1 for Brass,” was premiered by the American Brass Quintet during a music festival held on campus in 2004. This will be the first time it’s performed by the following Hayes School of Music faculty: James Stokes, trumpet; Brent Bingham, trumpet; Karen Robertson, horn; Drew Leslie, trombone; and Chris Blaha, tuba.

“The compositions on the program span 17 years,” Harbinson said. “It is interesting for me to have this overview of how things have changed for me compositionally over the years.”

Harbinson’s compositions have received major awards, including the Merle J. Isaac Senior Composition Competition, the Hinda Honigman Cup competition and the Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition. Harbinson has been nominated as the N.C. Music Teachers Association Composer of the year and was a finalist in the Pi Kappa Lambda National Composition Contest, the National String Orchestra Association Composition Contest and the Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest.

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