Oklahoma City University News
Nine World Premieres Highlight Project 21's Season Debut
Nine world premieres kick off the season for Oklahoma City University’s new music group, Project 21: Music for the 21st Century. The free concert by OCU composers, vocalists, and instrumentalists begins at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Medium Rehearsal Hall at the Bass Music Center.
Thursday’s program begins with “Lilith,” a sketch for piano and timepiece, composed and performed by sophomore Davis Good.
Freshman Andrew Williams will make his Bass School of Music debut with the trio “Falling Through Time,” featuring Deanna Acree, flute; Kaelyn Neal, piano; and the composer on marimba.
Byron Martin, senior composition major, will present his recorded work: “Music from MYTHWeaver, with four movements: Sanctum of Birds, Cavernous, Fierce, and Snivern’s Destructiveness.
Sophomore Nick Poss will sing and play guitar on his “Dixie Isolation,” also featuring vocalists Kelly Jo Crawford and Hamilton Pyburn. Pianist Jill Jantzen will premiere “Thirds,” a solo work by graduate composer Tim Holt. A second piece from Davis Good -- “To Echo,” from the musical “The Glass Puppet” – features Good accompanying tenor Raul Dominguez on piano.
Junior Kaelyn Neal will perform on piano for the premiere of her chamber work, “The Picture: A Theme and Corruptions,” with violinists Jill Jantzen and Katie Nason; Byron Martin, viola; and Diana Ruffin, cello.
Two recorded pieces conclude the program: sophomore Joseph Craven’s “What the World Needs,” and “12PM” by seniors Jamie Whitmarsh and Cotey Bowman.
Project 21 is Oklahoma City University’s consortium of composers and other musicians committed to music of the 21st century. Since 1997, the group has premiered more than 700 pieces on the OCU campus.
Project 21 alumni have been accepted to the graduate composition programs at Juilliard, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, New York University's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at Tisch School for the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory, Cal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Arizona, Bowling Green State University, University of Louisville, the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Florida State University, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, University of Oklahoma, and London’s Royal College of Music.
For more information on the music composition program at Oklahoma City University,