A little background: When I found out last spring that Philidor was going to play here, I asked them if they would sponsor a friendly competition for our composers. They agreed enthusiastically, and gave us some loose parameters. The students began working on their compositions in September; the performers chose Mike’s piece just a few weeks ago. Not only will they play it here tomorrow night, they’ll repeat the performance at UNC-Greensboro on February 2nd (Some of you may know that the UNC system has sixteen campuses throughout the state – it’s one of the stronger state university systems in the country).
There were two runner-ups in the competition: works by freshman Alicia Santee and grad student Tom Brennan. They’ll be performed by our student percussion ensemble in April.