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K-State Today

March 8, 2022

Concert of music by Armenian American composer Alan Hovhaness

Submitted by Craig B. Parker

The K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present a concert of music by Armenian American composer Alan Hovhaness, 1911-2000, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in All Faiths Chapel.

Hovhaness was one of the most prolific and stylistically diverse American composers of the 20th century. A musical polyglot born in Massachusetts, his music was influenced by his Armenian heritage as well as by his numerous travels abroad, including lengthy stays in India, Japan and Korea. His compositional output includes more than 500 works, including 67 symphonies, 12 operas, six ballets and numerous documentary film scores. The concert, in commemoration of his 111th birthday, features his works for smaller performing forces and includes original compositions reflecting the musical styles of Armenia, Greece and Japan, as well as his love of mountains and of cats.

Performers will be Amanda Arrington, piano; Robert Edwards, organ; Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, horn; Amy Guffey, clarinet; Paul Hunt, trombone; Alyssa Morris, English horn; Craig B. Parker, trumpet and piano; and the K-State Percussion Ensemble, Kurt Gartner, director. Members of the percussion ensemble are Braedon Bomgardner, Noah Dial, John Eldridge, Ethan Jeffries, Jacob Morgan, Nathan Smith and Brandon Wells.

The concert is free and open to the public.