Composers take the stage

By Melissa Fraser [Culture Editor]

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you can attend even one concert put on by Kwantlen students we highly recommend it. This week’s Composer’s Concert is set to take place on Wednesday, Mar. 10 and the free price tag makes it one of the more appealing concerts to attend.

The fact that Kwantlen doesn’t have a music composition class also puts this show near the top of the to do list. The six composers being featured in the show aren’t writing songs for marks, they’re composing because they’re passionate about music.

Adrian Talens, a first-year music student at Kwantlen and one of the featured composers said the show will be a mix of all types of music.

“You have classical piano, symphonic stuff  and then more singer-songwriter styles as well,” he said. “It’s really just a nice mix.”

Without rules about the music that’s to be played during the show, the audience can expect a variety of styles coming from a variety of personalities.

But, the lack of rules doesn’t mean a lack of preparation. In the months leading up to the show the composers met on Wednesday evenings to share their work with one another.

“Students could come in and show their own music and we give our own feedback,” Talens said. “It’s nice to have since Kwantlen doesn’t have a composing class.”

This isn’t the only concert the music department is offering before the semester. Music at Midweek is still every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. and it’s still free. Also this week, Music at Midweek is visiting Surrey on Wednesday at noon. Classical guitarists Andrew Beugh and Sean McGowan will each have a 30 minute set in the atrium of Surrey Main.

For those interested in poetry and music, check out Folk Songs and Frostiana on Friday Mar. 26. The show features the poetry of Robert Frost and student tickets are just $10.


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