HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. James McAllister, assistant professor of music, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship.
The ensembles will premiere two pieces at the concert. The first performance by the concert band will commemorate the life and legacy of the late Mark McGinley, a LMU theater professor who passed away last summer. The group commissioned composer Dr. Daniel Baldwin to write a piece that would capture the spirit and energy of their departed colleague. The piece remains untitled and will be presented as part of a residency by Baldwin. He will be working with students at LMU and presenting a lecture on the art of composition to all music majors in the program. “His ability to write music that captures the essence of a person or place made him the ideal composer for us to collaborate with on this project” McAllister said.
The commissioning project is the first of its kind for the LMU concert band. “This commission is the type of musical project that you find at large universities across the United States. The fact that LMU has been enthusiastically supportive of the project and the unique educational opportunity it affords students demonstrates their commitment to the arts and the music program at LMU” McAllister said.
The second piece, the Concertino for Piano and Winds, composed by McAllister was written in 2016 and will be performed with Dr. Young Kim as the piano soloist. Kim, an assistant professor of music and chair of the department of fine arts and mass communications, is a performer and advocate for new music.
The concert is free and open to the public.