Campbell to present ‘A Concert of Living Composers’ on Oct. 20

Campbell University’s College of Arts & Sciences and the school’s music department will present “A Concert of Living Composers” at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 in Scott Concert Hall. 

The free concert will feature the music of six composers from North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, artist-in-residence at Piedmont University in Georgia and internationally acclaimed pianist, will open the program with “Sonata II” by local composer Betty Wishart. Astolfi recorded the three-movement sonata on the “Piano Sonorities” album. Scott Marosek, piano professor at Methodist University, will premiere “Overcoming,” Wishart’s interpretation of Psalm 94:19

The last movement of “Second Sonata for Oboe and Piano” by Harvey Stokes will be performed by Harvey Stokes, oboe, and Benjamin Garner, piano. Stokes is professor of music and director of the Computer Music Laboratory at Hampton University.    

“Some Fragrance” for accordion, electric bass and Latin percussion by Keith Dippre will end the first half of the program.  According to Dippre, “It is intended to project a kaleidoscopic experience.”

The second half of the program will offer a rare experience for concert attendees. Christina Brier will perform “Full Moon Circle” for harp and fixed media by Clare Shore. Shore’s work represents visits to several Florida neighborhoods or landmarks: South Beach, Art Deco region, Little Havana, Vizcaya Museum, Japanese Gardens and Full Moon Beach. Shore’s music has received critical acclaim with reviewers from the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post hailing her works as “provocative,” “intriguing” and “ingenious and evocative.”

Sarah Busman (flute) and Scott Marosek will perform “Recitative and Aria” by Joshua Busman, assistant professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

“Mood Ring” for marimba, flute and piano by Daniel McCloud, director of bands at Methodist University, will end the program.  According to Dr. McCloud, “As I wrote, I kept recalling the images of the childhood toy, the mood ring.”

For more information, contact Betty Wishart at