Music at Mesa celebrates the 16th annual Best of the West Music Festival
Monday, November 9, 2015 10:00 AM
The Best of the West Music Festival, sponsored by Karen Combs, returns to Colorado Mesa University’s Moss Performing Arts Center on Dec. 3–5. It features three public concerts and two days of workshops for more than 200 talented high school musicians from Colorado and Utah.
On Dec. 3, guest artist Lisa Pegher will present a percussion recital at 7:30pm in Robinson Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.
On Friday, Dec. 4, the CMU Wind Symphony will take the stage at 7:30pm in Robinson Theatre and will present the world premiere of Julie Giroux’s new composition, “Vortex.” As a composer of film music, one of Julie’s favorite types of scenes to score is a chase scene. But in a movie, chase scenes often jump from one event to another, never really giving the composer a sense of completion. Conceived as a chase scene from a movie, “Vortex” is an exciting piece of music from start to finish. The wind symphony will also perform Giroux’s “Riften Wed,” a slow, beautiful work inspired by the video game “Skyrim.”
Pegher is the featured soloist at the Dec. 4 concert. She will perform Brett William Dietz’s “Concerto for Percussion and Symphonic Band.” This three-movement work explores the timbres of a variety of percussion instruments, vibraphone and marimba composed in a grand manner with exciting rhythms, bright colors and dissonant harmonies.
Rounding out Friday’s concert is a standard piece from the wind band repertoire, Gordon Jacob’s “Original Suite.” Composed in 1924, “Original Suite” is considered one of the most important works composed for wind band and will be conducted by Ray Cramer, professor emeritus at the University of Indiana. Tickets for the second concert are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available at the CMU Box Office by calling 970.248.1604.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations