Symphonic Band Spring Concert Features Samuel Hazo


On Saturday, April 6, the Symphonic Band will present its annual Spring Concert. The ensemble will perform at 7:30pm in the Weis Center for the Perfoming arts. They will be featuring the music of guest composer and conductor Samuel Hazo. Born in 1966, Samuel R. Hazo resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and children. In 2003, Mr. Hazo became the first composer to win both composition contests sponsored by the National Band Association. He has composed for the professional, university, and public school levels in addition to writing original scores for television, radio and the stage. His original symphonic compositions include performances with actors Brooke Shields, James Earl Jones, David Conrad and Richard Kiley.  In 2012, two of Mr. Hazo's compositions were performed during the London Summer Olympic Games. On the Internet, Mr. Hazo's music has compiled over two million hits on YouTube. His compositions have been performed and recorded world-wide, including performances by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (national tour), the Birmingham Symphonic Winds (UK) and the Klavier Wind Project’s recordings with Eugene Migliaro Corporon.  The University of Notre Dame world-premiered his “Siorai September” at Carnegie Hall in New York.  Additionally, numerous titles of Mr. Hazo's works are included in the series "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band."  He has served as composer-in-residence at Craig Kirchhoff’s University of Minnesota Conducting Symposium and has also lectured on music and music education at universities and high schools internationally. In 2004, Mr. Hazo's compositions were listed in a published national survey of the "Top Twenty Compositions of All Time" for wind band.  He is a member of ASCAP and recipient of multiple ASCAPlus Awards.

Dr. Kenny reports that he is thrilled about the program and extremely satisfied with the opportunities the ensemble has had this year. "This has been a year of outstanding guests for us. In the fall, we had young trumpet phenom Joseph Boga, a few weeks ago, we had Broadway's Ivan Rutherford singing music from Les Miserables with the band," he said when asked about the ensemble's performances.
In addition, the ensemble will also recognize a large group of graduating seniors including Tricia Clyde, Karl Kronburg, Devon Gorman, Nathan Hill, Kevin Hower, Meredith Joyce, Alyssa Rasweiler, Chris Renaud, Kayla Rossi, Matthew Szymanski, Brittany Wanner, and Zach Warres.