David Colson

WMU School of Music

Before a Jan 29 recital of works for brass quintet, Western Brass Quintet horn player Lin Foulk Baird and tubist Jacob Cameron sat down to talk about how they choose music for a concert, how their instruments have changed over the centuries, and how they like to play classics, new commissions, and great works that went under the radar, such as George Walker's Music for Brass (1975). 

Baird and Cameron also talked about the Western Brass Quintet's upcoming album of new works, Better Angels. The album title is also the title of a new work written for them by WMU composer David Colson. It will be released in March, 2020. 

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Composer David Colson, who founded the new music ensemble Birds On A Wire not long after joining the WMU School of Music in 2007, previewed the group's concert with Cara Lieurance. It's set for  7:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 30 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Not only is it "themed" for Halloween, it will feature the world premiere of Colson's Ghost Music, a new piece for solo marimba. Colson talks about writing the pieces for Matthew Coley, a leading solo percussionist and a master of an array of global percussion instruments.

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The Bullock Performance Institute continues its 12-concert series on Jan 23 with a concert featuring brand-new works by composer David Colson, a professor of theory and composition at Western Michigan University. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Colson, pianist Lori Sims, and Clocks in Motion percussionist Sean Kleve preview Rise, for piano and percussion quartet. Another significant premiere is a new saxophone quartet, which will be performed by one of the premiere quartets of its kind, the Capitol Quartet.

The concert begins with a 7 pm Live and Interactive! portion, a question-and-answer section for the artists. Music begins at 7:30 pm, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU.

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Birds on a Wire is the WMU School of Music's "Pierrot ensemble" with a core lineup of flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The label comes from a piece by Arnold Schoenberg, "Pierrot Lunaire," which premiered in 1912. Dr. David Colson, who has directed the ensemble for nine years, previews a concert which will take place Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. It features a work for electronic sounds and video, Socavino, by Richard Johnson, who also joins the conversation.

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David Colson, professor of music at Western Michigan University, and two colleagues from Rice University in Houston, TX - bassoonist Ben Kamins and percussionist Matthew Strauss - joined Cara for a convivial, wide-ranging discussion on writing and performing new music.  They'll premiere Colson's new piece,The wind is rising, the earth lets itself be inhaled tonight. The concert will also include a Colson's new solo piano pieces performed by Lori Sims, and a duo for trumpet and piano, performed by Scott Thornburg and Silvia Roederer.