Simpson University Music Professor Selected as Guest Composer for Vanderbilt University Concert

For Immediate Release


Dr. Dan PinkstonREDDING, Calif. - Two chamber compositions by Simpson University music professor Dan Pinkston will be featured this month at a Vanderbilt University faculty concert.

Dr. Pinkston, an award-winning composer and professor of theory and composition, was selected as guest composer for the Oct. 27 Signature Series concert for The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Pinkston will present two compositions in this concert, including a new work entitled One Dawn, One Dusk: A Fantasy on Three Korean Folks Songs, for violin, clarinet, and piano. Composed in 2015, this piece was inspired by the beautiful ornaments and melodic gestures of Korean folk music.

Also featured will be Dr. Pinkston’s A Thousand Hills for harp, cello, flute, and percussion. This work premiered at Simpson University in 2012 and will receive its second performance at Vanderbilt University. The title makes reference to the human experience of encountering obstacles and overcoming them, with reference to the many hills a cyclist climbs when training.

Dr. Pinkston will join Blair faculty members in the free 8 p.m. concert in the Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall.

During his 15-year tenure at Simpson University, Dr. Pinkston has won several composition awards and composed two symphonies, which have been performed by the North State Symphony, Shasta Symphony, and the Juneau Symphony Orchestra in Alaska.

In 2017, the North State Symphony will premiere his Concerto for Violin, a work commissioned by two Shasta County arts patrons, Dr. Ahmjad Mustafa and Dr. Noel Curcio.

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