Press ReleaseFrom Western Carolina University:
CULLOWHEE – Travis Bennett, associate professor of horn in the School of Music at Western Carolina University, will present a faculty recital Tuesday, March 4, featuring two new musical arrangements.
“I’m very excited about the program because every piece on it is new to me,” Bennett said. “Also, there are some original arrangements that will have their very first performances.”
Among them is a piano reduction of a three-movement piece by Louis Francois Dauprat, originally for horn and string quartet, created by Bennett and WCU music faculty colleague Andrew Adams. In addition, the program will include a collaboration with David Gaines, pianist at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, on a “Rhapsody on ‘How Great Thou Art.’”
“I first began work on this piece six years ago, so it’s nice to finally see it coming together,” Bennett said. “David has agreed to come play it with me on the recital.”
The remainder of the program consists of “Valse Suriano” by Rafael Mendez (originally for trumpet and piano), three unaccompanied preludes by Yehezkel Braun, and “Episodes” by James Naigus, with accompaniment by Lillian Buss Pearson.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. Admission is free. Call the School of Music at 828-227-7242 for more information.