The program, titled “American Originals,” will feature compositions by Henry Cowell, Samuel Barber, David Amram and Alec Wilder.
“We’re exploring a wide range of American styles, ranging from the Colonial era to modern jazz,” Stroeher said. “Samuel Barber is one of America’s most well-known composers, primarily due to his ‘Adagio for Strings,’ which was used in several films, including Platoon. David Amram wrote film scores for classic films such as Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate, and Alec Wilder composed popular songs for Frank Sinatra, among many others.”
Vauth is in his second year at Marshall after having taught at Auburn University. He holds degrees from the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany, and the Eastman School of Music. He has won several competitions in Europe, and performs throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Stroeher, who is professor of trombone at Marshall, also performs as principal trombonist in the Huntington Symphony and bass trombonist in the Landau Eugene Murphy big band. He has previously performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Temptations, Frank Sinatra Jr. and in a number of other shows. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the New England Conservatory of Music.
The concert is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the School of Music and Theatre at ext. 6-3117.
Photo: Music faculty members Dr. Michael Stroeher, trombone, and Dr. Henning Vauth, piano, rehearse in preparation for their ‘American Originals’ program Sunday, Sept. 29.