State composers featured in Westport Library concert
Works by four Connecticut composers will be showcased in a March 20 concert at the Westport Public Library.
The free performance begins at 2 p.m. in the library's McManus Room.
Allen Brings will perform "Time Pieces," Margaret Collins Stoop's suite of five short movements for piano. Stoop will then premiere Stephen Becroft's "Flute Etude." And Sharon Ruchman will perform her own piano piece, "Promise."
Together, Stoop, Brings and Ruchman will perform the world premiere of Frank Vasi's work for flute, tenor saxophone, and piano. The four musicians are all members of the Connecticut Composers, Inc., which promotes new music in the state.
Brings, a Weston resident, is a pianist and award-winning composer. In addition to recording, he is also a co-author of "A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony." He is a professor emeritus of music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College of the City University of New York, and a director of the Weston Music Center and School of the Performing Arts.
Ruchman, of the upstate town of Washington, sings, plays several instruments and composes. Her first CD of chamber music was released in October 2009, and a second CD of contemporary classical compositions was released last November. She blogs about composing at sharsonruchman.com/blog.
Stoop, who lives in Ridgefield, is a composer, flutist and choral conductor. Her compositions have won awards and been recorded by orchestras and choirs around the world. She is the founding director of the Adesso Choral Society and a member of the Fairfield County Chorale. She also teaches flute, piano, theory and composition.
For more information, check the library's website, ww.westportlibrary.org, or call 203-291-4800.