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May 04
Performance Music: “41st Annual World Premiere Composition Series Concert”
Saturday, May 04
@ 7:30 pm

The University of Scranton World Premiere Composition Series is a rare opportunity for students to perform a work by a guest composer for the first time. This enables students to get a first-hand glimpse into the compositional process, to work with a living composer, and for the audience to experience the piece for the first time, the way the composer intended. This year’s composer /conductor is Nate Sparks, a Juilliard trained composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader, music educator, and liturgical musician who leads The Nate Sparks Big Band. He has been commissioned to write two works – one for The University of Scranton Concert Band and one for The University of Scranton Concert Choir – which will have their world premieres on this concert under the direction of the composer. Sparks has written music for a variety of ensembles in a wide range of genres, including Lucky Chops, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band, the MSM Afro-Cuban Orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, ABS Chamber Orchestra, Kyle Athayde Dance Party, and Joseph Boga and the Scranton Ramblers, among many others. In 2018 he contributed to the Grammy Nominated album, “West Side Story Reimagined,” by Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band. In addition to leading his own band on both coasts and in Iowa, Sparks also serves as Director of the Des Moines Youth Jazz Orchestra, and is director of music ministry at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines, Iowa.