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Brian Wilson gives a conducting master class at the Latvian Academy of Music.

Theory professor and department chair Brian S. Wilson returns from his sabbatical with a suitcase, or at least, laptop, of new compositions. Wilson spent a month in San Ramon, Costa Rica, as composer in residence at the town El Sistema music school. As a volunteer for the national music education program, SINEM, he gave composition lessons, conducted the choir and orchestra and performed with the jazz ensemble. Piano instructor Alvaro Rojas Espinoza said, “Our choir conductor, Carmen, is very motivated since Dr. Wilson arrived. The students are very motivated also.” During his residency Wilson completed six works, among them Guanabana, inspired by the local fruit and premiered by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble during Schroeder opening weekend.

Wilson spent the winter months in Latvia and Estonia where saxophonist Ryszard Zoledziewski commissioned Nocturne for alto saxophone and piano. Zoledziewski will premiere the work in his home country of Poland, where it has been published by Contra Publishers. Other new publications include Aamer August and Estonian Folk Song Suite for band, commissioned by and dedicated to the students at the Music School in Viljandii, Estonia and their fine conductor Bert Langolier. 

In honor of the opening of Schroeder Hall, Wilson composed Stood the Seraphim, a fanfare for brass choir and organ. He conducted the August 24 premiere by the university brass ensemble with guest organist Julian Wachner. The work will be repeated on November 16 in Schroeder Hall.

During a retreat in the Roquefère region of southern France, Brian revised his opera Agamemnon, which will be performed here in concert version on November 14. On November 25 the Trio Ariadne will be core performers in The Mixed Multitude, a quintet for violin, cello, clarinet, horn and piano. Visit Brian's website for his full catalog.



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