Professor's symphony to get a listen
JANESVILLE—Jeff Suarez, an associate professor of music at UW-Rock County, will conduct his own composition—Symphony in G Major—with the college's orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, as part of Local Talent Month.
Admission to the concert is free.
Composing is not a new exercise for Suarez, whose credits include two works for orchestra and one for French horn quartet. He also has arranged numerous pieces for the UW-Rock County Concert Band, youth orchestra and jazz combo, in which he plays second keyboard.
Suarez said he works in the classical style used between 1750 and 1825. But unlike many of the era's composers, who leaned heavily on strings, Suarez tends to give the winds and strings equal playing time.
Symphony in G Major also taps into the strengths of the UW-Rock County Orchestra. For example, Suarez wrote a clarinet-oboe duet within the piece that shows off the low range of his first clarinet.
During the concert, the orchestra also will perform Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, featuring Elizabeth Horvath on flute, Roxanne Buchholz on violin and Lannette Calhoun on harpsichord.