Please note: due to a venue conflict, the performance date for this event has changed from 4/23 to 5/7/2015.
See the premiere performances of Ruskin Variations by Trevor Smith and Endless Sky by Ben Stevenson, Music for Use Project composers.
The works will be performed by the Ruskin High School 4th and 5th Hour String Orchestras, directed by Ariel Aguilar.
This concert is free and open to the public.
About Ben Stevenson, composer:
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Ben Stevenson’s earliest musical memory is of pretending to write music as the congregation at his church sang. In fact, as far back as he can remember, music has been his primary obsession. This obsession has manifested itself in many ways, from studying classical guitar to playing in cover bands to composing music for films and theater, and now for the concert hall.
About Endless Sky:
With Endless Sky, I set out to write a piece that would be filled with optimism. I was initially inspired by the string orchestra pieces of composers such as Haydn, Vivaldi, and J.S. Bach with their clear counterpoint and rhythmic drive, but wanted to put an updated spin on their musical language.
For more of Ben Stevenson's music, visit his SoundCloud page.
About Trevor Smith, composer:
Trevor Smith was born into a musical family on April 28th, 1992 and grew up in Jackson, Missouri. Playing piano and guitar from a young age, he has since become proficient on multiple instruments and continues to perform regularly on oboe and saxophone. Smith began studying with Robert Fruehwald in 2010 and has since recieved his Bachelor's degree in Music Composition from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014. He draws from a diverse musical pedigree, integrating folk, jazz, classical and electronica musical traditions into his own work. Smith is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Composition from the University Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory and Dance.