GWU Orchestra Concert to Showcase Two Premieres on April 28

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Performance to Feature Works of Both Music Instructor, Alumnus

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University’s School of Performing and Visual Arts will present the world premieres of two original productions Monday, April 28, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Kathleen Dover Theatre, located in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center.  Admission is free.

The performance will feature the debuts of Fanfare Overture, written by Sarah Zipperer Gaskins for the GWU Trumpet Ensemble and GWU Orchestra, and Seven Deadly Sins, written by Daniel Jackson from the studio of Dr. Matt Whitfield.

Gaskins currently teaches courses in music theory and composition at Gardner-Webb. Her works have been commissioned by an internationally renowned saxophone quartet and featured in instrumental concerts and conferences across the country. She has performed in several concerts and was a founding member of a student-run new music festival during her studies at Florida State University. Her Fanfare Overture will feature the GWU Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Tim Hudson. The ensemble recently participated in the semifinals of the National Trumpet Competition.

Jackson graduated from GWU with a music composition bachelor’s degree in December 2013, and Seven Deadly Sins is his first work for a full orchestra. The production depicts the seven sins of pride, greed, gluttony, sloth, lust, envy and wrath.

The show will also feature a solo performance of Tournier’s Feerie Prelude et Danses for Harp and Orchestra by current GWU junior Hannah Blalock, as well as Tchiaikovsky’s Symphony #4 as a finale.

More information about the Gardner-Webb University School of Performing and Visual Arts music division is available by calling 704-406-4453.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University is home to more than 4,300 students from 37 states and 21 foreign countries. Founded in 1905, Gardner-Webb provides exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment.