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W&L to Host Southeastern Composers League 2017 Forum

— by on March 15th, 2017

SonoKlect, Washington and Lee University’s new music series, will host the Southeastern Composers League 2017 Forum on March 24 and 25. Twenty-nine composers from around the Southeast will spend two days in Lexington presenting their original works.

The concerts are on March 24 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on March 25 at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. All concerts are in Concert Hall, Wilson Hall, and are free and open to the public. Each concert is approximately one-hour long, and each composer will be in attendance for questions. There will be a reception following the final concert on Saturday night.

The Southeastern Composers League is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the country. Each year, members gather on a Southern campus for a forum to discuss the art and craft of making music, to catch up on the past year’s events and, primarily, to hear each other’s music performed.

A wide range of musical styles and genres will be represented. This year, many of the performers come from W&L’s Music Department. The University Wind Ensemble and W&L‘s vocal groups, Cantatrici and the Men’s Glee Club, will appear alongside soloists and chamber ensembles.

Special guests, from Hillsdale College, include soprano Kristi Matson, clarinetist Andrew Sprung, percussionist Stacey Jones-Garrison and pianist Brad Blackham. Additional performers from W&L include Gregory Parker, Shuko Watanabe, Julia Goudimova, Jamie McArdle, Anna Billias and Ting-Ting Yen.

The League is comprised of composers from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Learn more at: southeasterncomposersleague.org.