Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Music Department, Religious Life Office and Office of Intercultural Affairs are pleased to present “Concert of Compositions,” an evening of Adolphus Hailstork's music, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in St. John's Chapel. The composer will be on hand for a preconcert chat starting at 7:15 p.m. The concert and chat are free and the public is invited to attend.
Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, chamber ensembles, band and orchestra. Among his compositions are “Out of the Depths,” which won the Belwin-Mills Max Winkler Award, and “Consort Piece,” a chamber work that was awarded first prize by the University of Delaware Festival of Contemporary Music. His work has been commissioned and performed by several major orchestras, including those in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York.
In 1992, Hailstork, a Rochester native, was proclaimed a Cultural Laureate of the State of Virginia. Currently, he is an Eminent Scholar and professor of music at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The Detroit News featured him as well.
“Concert of Compositions” features the world premiere of “Armageddon: Sonata for Organ and Percussion,” performed by Colleges organist MaryAnn Hamilton, Geneva High School music teacher Steve Palumbo and his percussion students James Ralls and Dorothy Mitchell. The work, written in response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, captures the outrage this event evoked, but also a yearning for another way for human beings to live.
Also on the program are “Spiritual for Brass,” performed by the HWS Brass Ensemble, directed by James Trowbridge; two art songs sung by HWS voice instructors Suzanne Murphy and Wendra Trowbridge; and “The Pied Piper of Harlem,” featuring HWS flutists Katherine Delp '05 and Sabra Williams '04. The program will close with “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano,” performed by HWS trumpet instructor Jeff Stempien and accompanist Meg Heaton.