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Student compositions performed Feb. 25 at Appalachian

BOONE—A student recital Feb. 25 features compositions inspired by Appalachian State University’s Darwin Bicentennial celebration. The recital begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The program consists of entries in a contest as part of a composition class in Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music. It comprises “Evolution Everlasting” by Brittany Dunton, “Genesis” by David Hunt, “Sweet Charles,” a composition for voices by Nathan Brown, “beagle“ by Duncan Boatright, “The Trial” by William Watson and “The Mighty Journey” by Drew O’Keefe.

“The students were challenged to write pieces that had some kind of involvement or use of the Darwin theory,” said Scott Meister, a professor in the Hayes School of Music. The students also were required to write a preface about their composition.

“The compositions include works for full wind ensemble, a piano, and a small choir that will simulate sounds Darwin may have heard on his expeditions,” Meister said.

The first place winner will receive a $500 award. Second and third place winners each will receive $125. Three members of the music faculty will judge the compositions.

“More than half of the compositions involve religious themes in response to Darwin’s theory of evolution,” Meister said.