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Music from the Yucatan premiere, recording at Tennessee Tech April 7


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Kevin O’Connor, percussionist, prepares for the Music from the Yucatan performance April 7 at Tennessee Tech. (Photo by Warren LaFever)

Published Tuesday Mar 27, 2018

Composers from Yucatan, Mexico are bringing a unique opportunity to Tennessee Tech students and local audiences to experience the premiere performance and live recording of six compositions Saturday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in Tech’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Leroy Osmon and his composition student Amaury Leon Sosa will spend the first week of April in residence at Tech’s School of Music, visiting classes and seminars with students. Their new works have been composed specifically for Tech music ensembles, which have been in rehearsal for several months, anticipating the performance.

“We feel that this is a very special event, not only for our music students but for anyone interested in international music and curious about the recording processes utilized to produce an audio recording,” said Winston Morris, professor of music at Tech. “We are not aware of anything of this nature having been presented at Tech or in Cookeville in the past.”

Preparation for the event has been extensive, with the university’s percussion studio going as far as to build some instruments designated in the music scores because they do not commercially exist. The Tech Percussion Ensemble, the Tech Tuba Octet and other special guests will be part of the performance.

With the support of grant funding and College of Fine Arts Dean Jennifer Shank, the April 7 concert will also be a live recording session. Mark Records of Buffalo, New York will record the performance.

“Also, both composers will be present and will address the audience about the compositional process and programmatic material contained in each composition,” Morris said.

Because each composition utilizes a different group of performers on different instruments, a recording engineer will take time between each piece to set equipment while the composer talks with the audience about the next piece. Video of the event will also be taken for production of a DVD of the premiere.

Osmon is an internationally known composer living in Mexico. He has published more than 100 compositions. Osmon receives commissions for all music genres and he has received the ASCAP Standard Music Award for Composition 26 times and the Medallion La Ville De Contrexeville (Contrexeville, France) twice.

Sosa was born in Merida Yucatan, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Superior School of Arts with a specialty in composition. He is in his third year of private study in composition with Osmon.

The performance and live recording session is free and open to the public.

Wattenbarger Auditorium is located in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.

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