Aiken Composer’s Guild concert to feature original work performed by Aiken Sheriff’s Pipes and Drums

February 25, 2019

The Aiken Composer’s Guild will hold its second concert, this one featuring an international composer, at 7:30 March 4 in the Etherredge Center on the USC Aiken campus.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Professor Lu Yang from China will play a piece he composed for the xun, a clay, Chinese flute, according to a news release from USCA. In addition to his own scores, Yang will perform works composed by his father.

The visiting composer is a friend of Nai Tse Tsai, a member of the Aiken Composers Guild, which was founded by members of the USCA faculty.

The concert also will feature the Aiken Sheriff’s Pipes and Drums playing “Roper Mountain,” an original score composed by David Culp, who is a member of both the pipe and drum corps and the guild.

Other works on the program include music for piano and voice by Dr. Richard Maltz, USCA music professor emeritus; a clarinet composition by Dr. Mark Hollingsworth, the dean of the USCA College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and electronic music by JR. Hall, a professor at USCA.

Maltz and Hollingsworth formed the Aiken Composer’s Guild last fall. The guild is open to members of the public as well as USCA students, faculty and staff.

Hall currently is composing music in a variety of genres, ranging from classical and experimental to hip-hop, electronic dance music, pop and rock. He released two full-length albums in the past year.