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Composition by W&L's Vosbein Set for Carnegie Hall Premiere

A new composition by Washington and Lee music professor Terry Vosbein will have its premiere later this month at Carnegie Hall.

“Charleston Episodes,” a new work for flute, bassoon and string trio, was commissioned by Chamber Music Charleston for the group’s Carnegie Hall debut. The group will perform it in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, during a Celebration of Charleston.

“They wanted something that reflected the rich musical traditions of Charleston, with jazz and classical influences,” Terry explained. “They also wanted something that could reflect a particular locale, and I’ve created many works with these elements.”

Terry, who is on sabbatical this year, wrote most of the piece on the road; he also went to Charleston. “I spent February in Charleston, absorbing the city’s feeling and listening to and working with the musicians,” he said. “And I finished the composition there.”

“Charleston Episodes” is about 15 minutes long and has three movements: “All Day Long,” “Dusk in the City” and “After the Sun Goes Down.” The piece will serve as the finale of the concert, and Terry will introduce the performance.

The concert will be repeated on May 26 in Charleston as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.