Kevin Eisensmith, trumpet professor at IUP, will present a recital of music for trumpet on Thursday evening, February 9, at 8:00 p.m. Titled “Tribute,” this program will feature music dedicated to various individuals and groups of people, and is a personal testament to those who have influenced Eisensmith’s life.
Assisting will be Jeff Wacker, music director at Trinity United Methodist Church, and Evan Engelstad, assistant professor of Piano in the Department of Music. David Ferguson, assistant dean for the College of Fine Arts, along with IUP alumni Timothy Winfield and Joshua Hillard, with a special appearance by bagpiper Tom McLaughlin, will perform Greg Pascuzzi’s “Variations on a Scottish Hymn Tune” with Eisensmith.
Eisensmith will also perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Simple Song” from Mass on the flugelhorn, as a tribute to former IUP voice professor John Dietz, who recently passed away. “Song for a Friend” was written as a tribute to John Wacker, brother of Jeff Wacker and a graduate (MA in Performance) of IUP, who was tragically killed in a car accident approximately three years ago. Aaron Copland’s arrangement of “At the River,” performed at the funeral of Ronald Long, who passed away in 2016, will conclude the first half of the recital.
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This program is free and open to the general public. For more information about these and other events sponsored by the IUP Music Department, please call 724-357-2390 or visit the Music Department website.