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A note-able night

The Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts and the department of music hosted Peoria Lunaire, a new music concert, on April 8. Approximately 60 people were in attendance to listen to the musical genius of students and staff.
The genres represented at the concert ranged from neo-romantic compositions to jazz-infused music and minimalist compositions.
“The diverse interests and compositional voices of each of the students really shines on the unique compositions,” said Lynnset Lambrecht, music theory and composition professor.
Lambrecht also had original compositions performed at the event. Her song, “No Lemon, No Melon,” used two main driving elements: pitch content and rhythm.
“I’ve always been fascinated with palindromic structures in both music and literature, so I wanted to create a piece where all of the pitch material created a palindrome,” said Lambrecht. “Like the title, ‘No Lemon, No Melon,’ my composition is the same forward and backward.”
Other composers at the event included Mary Bausman, Reid William Chapman, Matthew Lalas, Cole Faustich, Justin Schepke and Conner Wittman, all of whom are current Bradley music majors.
“I think it’s incredible that there’s this much talent from student composers here,” said Byron Simmons, a sophomore music and entertainment industry major.
Most of the songs played at the concert had never been performed in front of an audience before.
The musicians executing the vision of these composers included students, faculty members and other renowned musicians in the Peoria area. The number of people on stage ranged from one to 11, and the instruments played included flute, violin, piano, tuba and many more.
Two notable pieces included “West Coast Escape” by Cole Faustich and “Shönen Skies” by Mary Bausman. “West Coast Escape” started out with a “West Coast Jazz groove” and journeyed through other various genres such as Samba and Swing. Inspired by anime themes, “Shönen Skies” was fast-paced and featured a “reoccurring refrain” expressed by the compression, inversion and expansion of the main theme.
Students and community members interested in hearing more compositions can attend the percussion ensemble concert April 16 or the saxophone ensembles recital on April 18 in Dingeldine Music Hall. Additional program information is available at http://bradley.edu/music.

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