Dan Locklair’s Since Dawn will be performed by the Ohio State University Chorus and Symphonic Choir, conducted by Matthew Russell, on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM as part of Mr. Russell’s DMA program at Hughes Hall Auditorium on the campus of Ohio State University, 199 College Road in Columbus. Piano accompanist will be Matthew Ebright.

Matthew Russell is doing his doctoral dissertation at Ohio on selected choral works of Dan Locklair. Performers will also include narrator Micah Morgan, soprano Devra Laserson and tenor Ryan Jenkins.

Since Dawn (a tone poem originally created for narrator, chorus and orchestra, based on Maya Angelou’s On the Pulse of Morning)was begun in November of 1994 and completed in June 1995 and was written for the 1996-1997 Wake Forest University Year of the Arts.

The composer writes. “Being the first poet since Robert Frost to be asked to create a poem for an American presidential inauguration, Maya Angelou in “On the Pulse of Morning” both challenged our nation and offered renewed hope as she read her poem at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Although the poem was created to be a part of a national political function, the significance of the poem goes far beyond the event for which it was created. As all quality art should be able to do, the poem clearly stands on its own as a work of art as it addresses all of creation.”

“I have long admired the many aspects of Maya Angelou’s creative work and value her both as a person and as a colleague. From the beginning of this project I was honored to have had her strong support and encouragement toward the creation of this, the first, musical setting of her “On the Pulse of Morning”.

For more about this performance, call 614-292-2295 or visit http://music.osu.edu/.

More information about Dan Locklair, including a bio, list of works, discography and much more, at http://www.locklair.com.

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