The next Composer Spotlight for the Biennial 2020 NASA conference at Arizona State University features MCI composer Kevin Day! Day will be having TWO premieres of new works at this weekend's conference, both of which will be taking place on Sunday, March 8.
The first of these premieres is a new work titled More than words..., composed for saxophone octet, double bass, piano, and narrator. The piece was commissioned by Dr. Connie Frigo, Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Georgia-Athens for the UGA Saxophone Studio. This group will premiere the piece at 3:20pm in Katzin Concert Hall - Day will be performing with them on piano for this event.
The composer writes the following: "These are my observations as a young American, and as a young citizen of the world."
The second premiere is for the first movement of a new sonata for alto saxophone and piano titled Unquiet Waters. The piece was commissioned by Dr. Jordan VanHemert, Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Hope College, who will give the world premiere of the entire work later this year. The first movement, fast, turbulent, was selected as the winner of the 2020 NASA Composition Competition and will be premiered by Dr. Nicki Roman (Assistant Professor of Saxophone, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Casey Dierlam Tse at 7:30pm in Katzin Concert Hall.
Be sure to attend both of these events if you will be at the conference!!