Photo by Eli Manos

Student composers featured Feb. 7

 

Feb. 5, 2018

A crowd erupts, roars and claps from the tens to hundreds in attendance. The recognition of an audience is something that can push a budding dream into a potential career.

For music majors focusing on composition, an upcoming event will put their ability to impress a large audience to the test.

The Cleveland State University music department is holding its annual student composers recital where more than 10 undergrads will be performing their own pieces.
The event is mandatory for these students with some of the participants having already expressed their excitement.

For senior Eli Manos, a music major, Cleveland State’s composition program has provided an opportunity to hone his craft. At 7 p.m. on Feb. 7, Manos and other students in the program will have one of those opportunities.

“I’ve been playing music since I was 10 and I was formerly at the Cleveland Music Settlement in University Circle. I started there for composing and playing piano as well,” Manos said. “But I never had as many opportunities as I did at Cleveland State.”

The composers’ recital has been available to students in the past and some will have performed before, so some familiar faces will be joined by fresh ones.

For Manos, these are opportunities students, returning or trying their hand for the first-time, should not take for granted.

“As a composer, the best thing you can do is show your work to other people, as many opportunities as you can get,” Manos said.

Manos is joined by fellow senior Sean Parks, the event coordinator, who will also be performing in the recital.

“It’s always very enriching to hear your compositions performed,” Parks said. “For me personally, since I’m performing my own piece, I’ll be performing on an instrument that is not my main instrument.”

According to Parks, the program offers a wide variety of musical compositions across the musical spectrum.

Unlike other events, none of these pieces have been heard by the audience and the other composers, prior to this event.

For Manos, the most important part is that aspect of the show in general, playing new music to the student body and audience is an exhilarating feeling for young composers.

“I think it is important because it definitely shows what’s happening with new music,” Manos said. “90 percent of what you hear is older, but everything here is new and you don’t get that opportunity too often.”

The composers recital will be held in the Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. admission is free and no ticket is required upon entry.



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