DLPhoto211Dan Locklair’s Constellations - A Concerto for Organ and One Percussion Player, will be performed by organist Peggy Haas Howell and percussionist Kevin Super on Wednesday, July 9 – 7:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg, Virginia. This will be part of A Star-Spangled Recital.

The composer writes, “A concerto for organ and one percussion player, Constellations was completed in November of 1980 and was composed for percussionist Joe Roma, to whom it is dedicated. The piece explores two of the most potent musical sound sources: percussion and the pipe organ. Constellations‘  four movements are named after stellar constellations – 1. Caput serpentis (The Serpent Head), 2. Cygnus (The Swan), 3. Pegasus (The Winged Horse) and 4. Cauda serpentis (The Serpent Tail).” More about the piece at http://www.locklair.com/wp/compositions/organ/constellations.

St. John’s Organist and Choirmaster Peggy Haas Howell will also play patriotic works by Dudley Buck, James Hewitt, and Charles Ives as well as “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

The July 9 event is free and open to the public, but an offering will be taken. For more information, call 434-528-1138 or visit http://www.stjohnslynchburg.org/.

MSR Classics has issued Tapestries – The Choral Music of Dan Locklair (MS 1463), a 2-CD set featuring 15 of the composers’ finest choral works in performances by the Bel Canto Company, conducted by David Pegg and The Choral Arts Society, led by Robert Russell. Much more about the release at http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1463. Other recordings of his works are available on Naxos, Ondine, Koch, Albany, Loft, Priory (UK) and other labels. His primary publishers are Ricordi and Subito. Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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

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