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Meadows Student Composer’s Work Premiered at Meyerson

Armando Aguirre’s “Fanfare Euphorie” performed at Dallas Wind Symphony concert November 8

Meadows music student Armando Aguirre (B.A. ’12 Creative Advertising) recently had his work performed at the Meyerson Symphony Center as one of seven winners of the Dallas Wind Symphony’s annual fanfare composition competition.

The Dallas Wind Symphony (DWS) has held the composition competition annually since 2000, in which composers from around the world may submit a fanfare (a flourish or short tune played on brass instruments, usually at special occasions). One winning piece is showcased during each of the DWS subscription concerts throughout the season. For the 2011-2012 concert season, 27 fanfares were submitted; the winning seven entries came from not only the U.S. but Britain and Poland. Requirements for the competition include limited instrumentation and a time limit of two minutes for the entire fanfare.

At the November 8 concert, the Louisiana State University Brass Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Joseph Skillen, performed Aguirre’s Fanfare Euphorie, which was composed especially for the DWS competition. The performance took place on the balcony overlooking the Meyerson Symphony Center lobby 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the concert.

“I think Fanfare Euphorie was perfect for the lobby of the Meyerson Symphony Center,” said Dr. Skillen. “The audience enjoyed reverberant strains of driving harmonies with festive flourishes, and was a very fitting opening to the Dallas Wind Symphony’s concert.”

Winners of the fanfare competition have their name and fanfare title credited in the program for the evening and online at the DWS website; are recognized from the Meyerson stage by DWS founder Kim Campbell; and receive publishing, sales and marketing services from Lovebird Music.

This was not the first showcase of Aguirre’s work in a public forum. When Aguirre was just 14, his piece titled “A Series of Interruptions” was edited by Dr. David Maslanka, then recorded by the wind ensemble at Illinois State University, conducted by Dr. Stephen K. Steele. Aguirre has also had his music performed for the past three years at the Meadows Emerging Sounds Concert, which showcases the talent of Meadows student composers.

“The chance to have a piece of mine performed in a major performance space is a dream come true,” says Aguirre. “Since I was 14 years old, I’ve been writing things and hoping to have them looked at, let alone performed. Being a composer can at times be very discouraging, but opportunities like this make it worthwhile and inspire you to keep writing.”

To hear Armando Aguirre’s music or to learn where his music will be performed next, visit: www.armandoaguirre.com.

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