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KU music student to present a full-scale concert and CD release at Corpus Christi Catholic Church

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Brian J. Nelson, a KU DMA student studying music composition, will present a concert featuring his works on Sunday, March 7, 3:00 p.m., at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

Nelson's concert program will include both sacred music as well as chamber works, with performers including the St. Lawrence Center Choir, the KU Chamber Choir, Benedictine College Chamber Singers, the All'gresse Trio, as well as KU faculty members Tami Lee Hughes (violin) and Ellen Bottorff (piano), KU alumnae Sharon O. Campbell, (mezzo soprano) and more.

Featured in the recital will be the world premiere of Nelson's newest piece, Fanfare on the Destiny of Fate for brass and percussion, featuring all KU performers and conducted by DMA student Frank Perez.

This concert will also serve as a release event for "Vocalise," Nelson's newest CD. This is his second CD release in the past six months and will feature a broad sampling of his work, including many of the same pieces and performers featured on the recital. At Christmas last year, Nelson also released a CD of sacred music entitled Responsorial Psalms for Advent and Christmas.

About the artist

Nelson was born in Madison, Wisconsin and received his Bachelor of Composition from the University of Michigan in 1990 where he studied with William Bolcom, William Albright and Nick Thorne. He completed a master's degree in composition at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in May 2000. He is currently a DMA candidate in music composition at the University of Kansas School of Music, Lawrence, Kansas, where he studies with James Barnes. He is a prolific composer of sacred music as well as chamber and orchestral works. Recent pieces include Elegiac Folk Song for French Horn and Piano ? commissioned by Alice Codiek and premiered by her and Ellen Bottorff, piano, in 2008; Ballade for Violin and Piano, which receives its premiere recording on the Vocalise CD ; Capriccio for Flute, Oboe and Piano, commissioned and premiered by Allegresse Trio in 2009, and Responsorial Psalms for Advent and Christmas, a collection of responsories based on the Catholic lectionary and recorded on a CD of the same name on the Nelson Music label.

A committed Catholic, Nelson is known for his cheerful, professional approach. He works well with professionals, amateurs and young people, and feels a particularly strong commitment to local cultural life.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or www.music.ku.edu.

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