FHU Faculty Member's Composition to be Performed

MARCH 18, 2013

The University of Memphis Wind Ensemble will premiere “The Flight of Andromeda,” the work of Freed-Hardeman University’s Alan Kinningham. The performance will be held Tuesday, March 26, at the Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Avenue, Memphis.


“The Flight of Andromeda,” commissioned by the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, will give new life to the Greek myth of Andromeda and Perseus. Kinningham captures the story in which Andromeda is chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster and her rescue by Perseus.

Kinningham, an award-winning composer, received his doctorate from the Scheidt School of Music. He has more than 30 years of experience working with music and music education. He currently teaches music theory and orchestration at FHU.

Albert Nguyen, director of bands at University of Memphis, will conduct the Wind Ensemble, comprised of 50 elite wind and percussion musicians. The performance will feature soprano Katherine Sheaffer, a vocal performance student at the Scheidt School of Music.

Also on the program will be “Serenade for Winds” in E Flat Major, Op. 7 by Richard Strauss; “Rusty Air in Carolina” by Mason Bates with guest conductor
N. Maurice Medley; “Theme and Variations,” Op. 43a by Arnold Schoenberg with guest conductor Armand V. Hall; “Danse Diabolique” by Joseph Hellmesberger.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 and tickets for seniors and non-University of Memphis students are $5.