Senior Thesis Recital: Jacob Walls, composition

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05/09/2011 - 5:00pm



The Williams College Department of Music will present a senior thesis recital featuring compositions by Jacob Walls '11 on Monday, May 9 at 5 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Jacob will present several original compositions as well as arrangements of pieces by Brad Mehldau, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Olivier Messiaen. The compositions include a brass quintet, multiple pieces for string quartet, a trio for baritone voice, viola, and trumpet, a quintet for voice and instrumentalists, and a septet of guitar, vibraphone, violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and horn. The septet is performing a "Postlude" inspired by Walls's arrangement of a Messiaen piano prelude. A quartet of saxophone, horn, flugelhorn, and viola will also perform an arrangement of a Brad Mehldau composition for solo piano

Jacob’s popularity as composer and student are made clearly evident by the number of students who are playing in his recital.

Jacob Walls is a senior from Forest Grove, Oregon studying music and philosophy at Williams College. His compositions have been premiered by campus groups such as the Berkshire Symphony, the Opus Zero Band and the Brass Ensemble, and he has produced concerts as part of the I/O New Music and Winterstock Art Festivals. Also active as a conductor, trumpeter, and pianist, Jacob conducted the Williams Student Symphony in performances of Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks Concerto and Reich's Triple Quartet, and will be attending the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in July. Next year Jacob will be studying for a Master's in Music Composition at the University of Oregon. He wishes to thank the music faculty, his family and friends, and especially the sixteen student musicians who volunteered to put on this program. Their faith in the music is an inspiration.

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