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Sackler Music Composition Prize concert at the Stamford's Ferguson Library

By The Ferguson Library

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STAMFORD, CT - A premiere performance of the winner of the 2012 University of Connecticut Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, one of the largest awards given for the composition of new musical works, will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at The Ferguson Library’s Third Floor Auditorium, Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford. The Library will be open at this time only for this event.

The concert will honor Kevin Walczyk, composer and winner of the prize, and will feature The Atlantic Brass Quintet. The work, Symphony Number 3 - Quintet Matinee was composed as a result of winning the 9th annual Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize. Composed specifically for the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jeffrey Renshaw, and the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Quintet Matinee uses two contrasting interval cells that comprise the work's entire melodic and harmonic structures.

A native of Portland Oregon, Kevin Walczyk received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1987 and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas where he was the recipient of the Hexter Prize for outstanding graduate student. Walczyk is currently Professor of music at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon where he teaches composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, film scoring, media production, and serves as the Graduate Music Coordinator, University of South Carolina, and University of Kansas.

The Atlantic Brass Quintet and the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble will be recording Walczyk’s Symphony No. 3 for release on the Summit Records label.

For more information call 203 351-8231.

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