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Texas Tech School of Music to Hold Concert of Premieres September 13th

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The Texas Tech School of Music is hosting a Concert of Premieres.

Musicians from Tech’s School of Music will perform Pulitzer Prize winning-composer John Harbison’s latest work, “Crossroads.”

The performance will take place at 8 p.m. September 13th at Tech’s Hemmle Recital Hall, located in the School of Music building.

Chamber Music Amarillo will perform the same concert simultaneously in Amarillo. A 7 p.m. pre-concert video conversation with Chamber Music Amarillo will occur before both premieres.

Harbison’s “Crossroads” was commissioned by Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, La Jolla Music Society for SummerFest, and Sant Paul Chamber Orchestra, with support from 12 other organizations across the U.S.

Texas Tech is one of three institutions of higher education on the commission.

The lyrics in the performance come from “A Village Life,” a collection of poetry by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück, who collaborated with Harbison.

Other music that will be premiered at the concert include 3 Gs, a bluegrass inspired work for solo viola by Kenji Bunch, a work for cello and piano by Midland composer Lowell Hohstadt, and Bill Douglas’ jazz-influenced oboe sonata.

The group will also perform a violin sonata composed by Samuel Barber, who originally withheld the piece from publication after writing it in 1928 at the age of 18. The manuscript was lost, but resurfaced in 2005.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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