Compositions and performances by WCU’s Gaetano featured in special retrospective concert

Western Carolina University’s School of Music will host a retrospective concert of solo and chamber works composed by award-winning music professor Mario Gaetano on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Mario Gaetano

Mario Gaetano

The performance will be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. It is free and open to the public.

Gaetano teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble and percussion methods at WCU. All compositions for the concert were written by him during his 37 years on the WCU faculty. He will perform along with students and colleagues, including Ian Jeffress performing “Recession Pieces” for alto saxophone and percussion, Lillian Pearson performing “Alloy” for piano and glockenspiel, and the WCU Percussion Ensemble performing “Undercurrents” and “Marimba Quartet.”

There will be a special appearance by Dan and Amy Cherry, joining Gaetano to perform “Consortium of Three” for trumpet, trombone and percussion. The Cherrys taught in the WCU School of Music until 2014. They now reside and teach in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Gaetano is a composer and arranger with more than 100 works to his credit, with 18 works winning the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awards. He is a two-time winner of the N.C. Federation of Music Clubs annual composition contest and the recipient of the WCU Scholar Award in 2008, and the WCU Creative Activities Award in 2010 for the production of a CD of his percussion compositions. In 2011, he was named a distinguished alumnus at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York. For more information, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.