School of Music Student to Premiere New Composition

The Lee Trio will present its fall concert on October 18th at 7:30pm in Squires Recital Hall. The trio was formed in 2017 by School of Music faculty members who desire cross-cultural unity through music and who serve as artistic ambassadors for music between the United States and Asia. Presenting in this season’s trio will be Xiaoqing Yu, violin; Theodore Kartal, cello; and Muen Wei, piano.

The trio’s upcoming concert includes a uniquely commissioned piece entitled “Behind the Mask” composed by senior music major Noah Constance. The composition was written to reflect the tumultuous aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic over the past year and a half. “At times it is fearful, and at other times it is hopeful for a better future, a light at the end of the tunnel,” explained Constance. “The piece is a ‘back and forth’ of these ideas, ending with uncertainty, like a question of ‘what’s going to happen next?'” The various facets of the past year have undoubtedly inspired artists of all enthusiasms toward new creations in the wake of the difficulty that the world has come through.

The Lee University School of Music is proud to premiere new works by both faculty and students on campus on an ongoing basis, and encourages creativity and collaboration. “Noah is a gifted and talented student, and we are thrilled to share this terrific new composition with the community,” stated Mr. Xiaoqing Yu, Lee violin professor and Lee Trio member, in a recent press release. The Lee University School of Music offers an emphasis in composition at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for students who are interested in pursuing music composition at a higher level.

The Lee Trio concert is free, non-ticketed, and is open to the public. This event will also be available via Livestream.

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