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04-17-2013

Alumnus Composition to be Premiered Locally

This April the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore will premiere “Spiral Spectrum,” a piece written by David E. Weirich ’09, the first Virginia Wesleyan music student to graduate with a concentration in composition. The quick-moving piece, full of syncopation and changing meters, will be performed at the orchestra’s two spring concerts and will include a piano part played by Weirich’s fellow alumnus Geoffrey Bell ’09. Weirich graduated from Virginia Wesleyan in 2009 with a double major in music and mathematics. He became the first music major to graduate with a concentration in composition, an academic track created especially for him. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of New Mexico. Bell also graduated in 2009 with a degree in music and is currently working toward a master’s degree at Shenandoah Conservatory. The Orchestra of the Eastern Shore, conducted by Virginia Wesleyan Professor of Music and Artist in Residence Lee Jordan-Anders, will also perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for two flutes, Heinichen’s Concerto for flute and oboe, and Mendelssohn’s String Symphony #2 in D. Jordan-Anders worked closely with Weirich to bring “Spiral Spectrum” to life: “It’s a privilege for me to be able to conduct the orchestra for this premiere. I have enjoyed working on the piece from start to finish. It was a big challenge for our modest orchestra to tackle this piece, but the players have embraced that challenge and are doing a terrific job.” The Orchestra of the Eastern Shore will perform Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Hungars Episcopal Church in Bridgetown, VA and Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m. at the Historic Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Onancock, VA. Weirich will return to his alma mater as a guest speaker this week, visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Lydia Kennedy’s “Mathematics Senior Seminar” class on Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Birdsong 202; and Lee Jordan-Anders’ “Intermediate Musicianship” class on Friday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Fine Arts 9.  More

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