AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - The Auburn University Symphonic Winds and Choirs will perform their inaugural concert at the Gogue Performing Arts Center on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.
Composers Julie Giroux and Rosephanye Powell will be featured in the performance. Both composers were featured in a blog titled "19 Groundbreaking Women Composers" by J.W. Pepper, one of the largest music publishing companies in the world.
A few of the selections were composed to shed light on social awareness and morality to evoke various emotions throughout the performance. Giroux’s “My Soul to Keep” is dedicated to all touched by gun violence, and her “In My Father's Eyes” is dedicated to the four innocent female victims who lost their lives in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. Powell’s “I Dream a World” and “To Sit and Dream” are compositions based on Langston Hughes' famous poems.
Giroux is an Emmy-award winning composer with over 100 film and television credits. She has arranged for Celine Dion, Paula Abdul, Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, Reba McIntyre, Little Richard, Billy Crystal, Michael Jackson and many others.
Powell, along with being a professor of music at Auburn University, has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music. Some of the nation’s leading publishers, including the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Fred Bock Music Company/Gentry Publications, Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications and Shawnee have published her works.
General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.