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Music department honors composer with free show

Submitted by Jamila Brown on April 23, 2011 – 11:44 amNo Comment

On Sunday, April 17, the music department presented a retrospective of acclaimed resident composer and songwriter’s work. Highlighting points of his work in seven beautifully selected pieces, the free showing was the first concert completely composed by Robert Boury in the past 29 years. Performed by a variety of guest musicians, Boury’s music resonated throughout the audience in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.

Some of the music performed were compositions inspired by poetry, which was then sang by award winning opera performer Misook Yun as Boury played piano behind her. Other pieces were accompanied by photographs of butterflies and moths in a series called “Secret Designs” performed by Kristina Marinova. Exhibiting the range of his talent, Boury’s retrospective also included an original work he composed for the opera “The Tempest”, and a three-part wind ensemble entitled “Monarch’s Journey”.

Ever humble, Boury repeatedly thanked everyone for being at and participating in the evening. “I am so honored to have you all, my friends, here,” he smiled. After the well-received event, he waited at the doors to personally sending each guest off into the night.

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