The Composition Department presents its annual playoff concert of the finalist graduation marches for the Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony. After the marches have all been played, the audience and players alike cast votes to determine a winner.
British pianist and composer Dave Mackay is joined by his group to present a collection of original pieces, blending a wide range of styles into his signature sound.
In the second half of the show, guitarist Anastasiya Dumma explores the spiritual aspect of music. Her group will perform a powerful mix of jazz, classical Russian folk, and free improvisation. No matter what the style is, all music is a prayer for the beauty of the world.
Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Award-winning pianist and composer Eric Scott Reed began playing the piano at age two and was performing in his father's Baptist church in Philadelphia by age five. After study at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and Los Angeles's Colburn School of Arts, Reed embarked upon a professional career that has taken him all over the world. His credits include Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, and others. Reed has taught at the Juilliard School of Music and gives master classes and lecture demonstrations on the history of music. His other musical ventures include over 20 recordings as a leader, including his latest recording, The Dancing Monk; scoring for Eddie Murphy's comedy Life; and musical direction for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Currently Reed is in residence with the Ebony Repertory Theatre of Los Angeles, as musical director of Regina Taylor's Crowns.