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Work of FHU Professor Chosen for “Fifteen Minutes of Fame: A Celebration of Service”

Henderson, Tenn. - Aug 15, 2016

On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, fifteen one-minute works will be premiered at New York City’s Trinity Church by the West Point Band. They will honor the memory of men and women who served. In a unique collaboration, the West Point Band joins contemporary music organization, Vox Novus, to present “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: A Celebration of Service.” A composition by Freed-Hardeman University Professor Alan Kinningham will be one of the 15 featured pieces.

The West Point Band will present the 15 pieces created by composers who were responding to the theme “service” and what it means to different kinds of people--military, first responders, community service and those who perform everyday acts of kindness. The West Point Band and Cadet Glee Club from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point will also perform Americana works and the Armed Forces Medley.

Kinningham, assistant professor of music at FHU, is one of the 15 composers whose work has been chosen for the premier at Trinity Church, 75 Broadway, New York City at 2:00pm Sept. 11, 2016.  His composition is entitled “Servants in Action—The Angels of 9/11.” According to the Vox Novus web site, it “captures the intensity of the hours the first responders experienced in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The heroism and sacrifice of life while attempting to save victims is portrayed through dramatic imagery of the rhythm and mood of the music.” Kinningham’s work was chosen from more than 100 submissions.

A retired middle/high school band director, Kinningham now teaches music theory, composition, songwriting, digital music and orchestration at FHU. He has more than 30 years of experience in Tennessee public schools.