Southern Utah University’s Wind Symphony will present the world premier of Suite!, the winning composition of the inaugural Hal Campbell Composition Contest, in a Music Masterwork Series concert on Friday, April 23 at 7:30 pm in the Heritage Center Theatre.
Open to the public, tickets for the concert are available online at through the College of Performing and Visual Arts or by calling 586.7872 and are $8 for general admission, $6 for SUU faculty and staff, and $4 for children. SUU students attend free with student ID.
Composed by Dr. Mark Zuckerman, Suite! is the first ever winner of the Hal Campbell Composition Contest. SUU Wind Symphony Director Mark Stickney created the contest to honor Hal Campbell, emeritus SUU music faculty, in recognition of his decades of service to SUU and Cedar City.
As the first ever winner of the contest, Dr. Zuckerman says, “I’m delighted and proud to play a role in inaugurating the competition. In addition to providing the SUU Wind Symphony with the opportunity to play a world premier, I believe the Hal Campbell Composition Contest makes an important contribution to the American concert band literature.”
Zuckerman currently serves as music faculty at Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers Universities and is the recipient of a New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship. In order to see the premier of his award-winning composition, he will be present at the concert and will be available at an open reception after the performance.
In addition to the world premier of Suite!, the SUU Concert Choir will perform vocal works from a variety of genres and music styles under the direction of Sara Guttenberg. Selections will include “Two Shaker Songs,” arranged by Kevin Siegfried; “Cluck Ol’ Hen” from “Three Appalachian Settings” by Philip Rhoades, which will feature Kjersti Jones on the fiddle; “Dominus Vobiscum” by Sydney Guilaume; “Alleluia” by Ralph Mauel; and “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” by Moses Hogan.