April 01, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Noted composer and conductor Samuel Hazo will lead the Bucknell University Symphonic Band in a concert of his own compositions Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is the culmination of a guest artist residency taking place the preceding week.

William Kenny, professor of music at Bucknell, will serve as conductor, leading the band on the first half of the program that features music of Gustav Holst and Haydn Wood.

"Whether Mr. Hazo's compositions are fast and angular, or slow and richly melodic, they make a profound connection with both the audience and the performers. It will be a memorable performance of some wonderful music," said Kenny.

In 2003, Hazo became the first composer in history to win both composition contests sponsored by the National Band Association. He has composed for professional, university and public school ensembles 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.

Two of his compositions were performed during the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. His compositions have been performed and recorded worldwide, including performances by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphonic Winds (UK) and the Klavier Wind Project's recordings. The University of Notre Dame Concert Band premiered his "Siorai September" at Carnegie Hall in New York.

He has served as composer-in-residence at the University of Minnesota Conducting Symposium and also has lectured on music and music education at universities and high schools internationally. In 2004, his compositions were listed in a published national survey of the "Top Twenty Compositions of All Time" for wind band. He is a recipient of multiple ASCAP Plus Awards.

Hazo has served as guest conductor for more than 50 university ensembles and one-third of the high school All-State Bands in the United States, and has been twice named Teacher of Distinction by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Teachers' Excellence Foundation. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Duquesne University where he served on the Board of Governors and was named Duquesne's Outstanding Graduate in Music Education.

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