Concert: American Grandeur
Whether your connection to the Old West is the 1960’s TV show Bonanza, hiking the trails of the Rocky Mountains or celebrating the rich heritage of our country’s Native Americans, you won’t want to miss this evening of iconic American sounds inspired by our country’s open spaces, including the Grand Canyon National Park at age 100.
Peggy Stuart Coolidge – Pioneer Dances
James Romig – Replicas for piano and orchestra
Ferde Grofé – Grand Canyon Suite
James Romig, Professor of Theory and Composition at Western Illinois University, endeavors to create music that reflects the intricate complexity of the natural world. His work has been described as “a complex quilt of sound” (Moline Dispatch), “the musical equivalent of fractal geometry” (Classical New Jersey), and “rapturous... sparse, slow-moving beauty” (San Francisco Chronicle). His music has been performed in 49 states and 33 countries.
Pianist Ashlee Mack, is Director of Piano Studies at Knox College (Galesburg, IL). She performs solo and chamber literature in recitals and master classes and with new music organizations including the Society for Chromatic Art (New York City, Princeton), Vox Novus (New York City, Brooklyn) and the Iowa Composers Forum. Both James and Ashlee were Artists in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park in 2012 and 2014.