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World Premiere of Dan Locklair’s Symphony No. 2 “America” Performed by Maestro John Gordon Ross and Western Piedmont Symphony, Oct. 7 in Hickory NC

October 5, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting

516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net

The World Premiere of Dan Locklair’s Symphony No. 2 “America” will be presented by Maestro John Gordon Ross and the Western Piedmont Symphony on Saturday, October 7 @ 7:30 at Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 7th Ave NE, in Hickory, North Carolina.

The composer writes, " My Symphony No. 2 “America” unabashedly celebrates America: “The Land of the Free”. Begun in May of 2015, this three-movement composition was completed in July of 2016 and is scored for a large triple-wind symphony orchestra. Approximately 22 minutes in length, each movement is a reflection upon a holiday that is at the heart of America: 1. Independence Day; 2. Memorial Day; 3. Thanksgiving Day. A single, well-known melody associated with the essence of each of these American holidays is heard in each movement."

Other works on the October 7 program are Moncayo’s Huapango, William Grant Still’s Summerland, Gottschalk’s Grand Tarantelle for piano and orchestra and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist Michael Lewin.

For tickets and more concert information, please visit http://www.wpsymphony.org/.

Dan Locklair's music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and around the world. His catalog includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral compositions. Locklair's commissioned compositions have been performed by musicians worldwide, including the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the St. Louis Orchestra, the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys of New York City and the Saint Paul’s Cathedral Choir of London. Broadcasts of it have included Vatican Radio, Czech Radio, Radio Finland, NPR, the BBC and the CBC. Recent CDs include the critically acclaimed Tapestries, Choral Music of Dan Locklair on MSR Classics (MS 1463) and Gloria (Sacred Choral Works) on Convivium Records (CD033). Recordings of his works are also available on Naxos, Ondine, Koch, Albany, Loft, Priory (UK) and other labels. His primary publishers are Ricordi and Subito. Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

More information about him, including a bio, list of works and discography at http://www.locklair.com. You can also contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.     

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