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Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra Features Two Guest Artists

Cara Vandergriff

March 3, 2016

Richard Prior, composer and conductor, and pianist William Westney will perform with the orchestra in its next concert.

EVENT: The Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra will perform with guests Richard Prior, composer and conductor, and William Westney, professor of piano, at its next concert.

Prior is an award-winning conductor and composer who serves as senior lecturer in composition and director of orchestral studies at Emory University, where he also holds the Edward Goodwin Scruggs Chair and conducts the Emory and Youth Symphony orchestras. In addition, Prior also conducts the Rome Symphony Orchestra, where he holds the Georgia Power Conducting Chair.

Westney was the top piano prize winner of the Geneva International Competition, and he appeared thereafter as soloist with major orchestras l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Houston, San Antonio and New Haven symphonies. Westney holds two endowed positions at Texas Tech: Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano and Eva Browning Artist-in-Residence. He also has received the university's highest honor for education, the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award.

Works to be performed at the concert include Carl Maria von Weber's “Overture to Oberon,” Prior's “…of shadow and light…”, and Edvard Grieg's “Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16.”

Prior also will offer an informal question & answer session at the School of Music. The concert and the Q&A session are both free and open to the public.

WHEN: Concert: 7:30 p.m. Monday (March 7)

Q&A Session: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday (March 6)

WHERE: Concert: Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech School of Music

Q&A Session: School of Music Band Hall (Room 011)

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CONTACT: David E. Becker, director, Orchestra Studies, School of Music, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2270 or david.e.becker@ttu.edu