Beginning Monday March 3, the Murray State Music Department will proudly host guest composer Paul Salerni, NEH Distinguished Chair of the Humanities and Professor of Music at Lehigh University. The week-long residency will culminate with two concerts, Thursday (3/6) and Friday (3/7). They both take place at 7:30 in the Performing Art Hall (Old Fine Arts), and admission is free to the public.

Paul Salerni will also be joined by guest artists Domenic Salerni (violin) and Samuel Suggs (bass). Domenic, Paul’s son, is the first violinist of the Vega String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at Emory University, while Samuel served as the principal bassist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2010 to 2012 and is currently finishing his Masters degree at the Yale School of Music. In addition, nine Murray State faculty members will be performing on the concerts.

The festival is titled Generazioni (Generations, in Italian) because the concerts will present seven pieces composed by Paul Salerni, two by his student and Murray State professor Mike D’Ambrosio, and one more by his teacher Earl Kim, who taught at Harvard University from 1967 to 1990. The idea of lineage (Paul, his musical father, and his musical son) is further reflected by the fact that his real son Domenic is playing on six of the pieces.

For more information, contact Dr. Mike D’Ambrosio at (270) 970-0327. You can also learn more about the featured guest at paulsalerni.com.

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