Music ensembles present inaugural concert at Gogue Center
On Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., the Auburn University Symphonic Winds and Choirs will perform their inaugural concert at the Gogue Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature works by composers Julie Giroux and Rosephanye Powell. Both Giroux and Powell were featured in a blog titled “19 Groundbreaking Women Composers” by J.W. Pepper, one of the largest music publishing companies in the world. The AU Symphonic Winds and Choirs will only perform selections from these two women.
The concert will evoke various emotions as a few of the selections were composed to shed light on social awareness and morality. 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, AL. 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 is a professor of music at Auburn University and has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music. Her works have been published by 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. Powell’s works have been conducted and premiered by nationally-renowned choral conductors, including Anton Armstrong, Philip Brunelle, Bob Chilcott, Rodney Eichenberger, Tom Hall, Albert McNeil, Tim Seelig, and André Thomas.
Last Updated: December 10, 2019