May 22, 2009 - The California State University, Bakersfield Concert Band will host a guest composers concert on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dore Theatre. The evening will feature the music of guest composers Gregory Yasinitsky and Shirley Mier, as well as the premiere of CSUB student Kevin Calvin's "Lost Lament" and band member Marc Oliver's arrangement of a Hoagy Carmichael medley. A pre-concert introductory commentary by the guest composers will begin at 7 p.m. in the Albertson Room.
Composer Gregory Yasinitsky earned his degrees in composition at the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco State University. Yasinitsky is currently the regent's professor of music and coordinator of jazz studies at Washington State University. The CSUB Band will perform his composition "First Flight" which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first controlled flight by the Wright brothers.
Shirley Mier is a professor of music at Century College in Minnesota and has been a composer, music director and educator in the Twin Cities for two decades. Mier earned a bachelor's degree at Grinnell College and master's and doctorate degrees in composition at the University of Minnesota. For this concert the CSUB Band will perform her work "Theme and Deviations for Band" (2003), a winner of the Robert Reynolds' National Wind Ensemble Competition. Mier's theatre music has been published and performed across the U.S. and Canada, including recent children's musicals Jan Brett's "The Mitten" and "Madeline's Christmas."
Admission is $10 and all students and seniors (over 60) are $6. Children under 12 are free.
For more information:Doug Davis
Media ContactColleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs & Communications