Joseph Hasper
Joseph Hasper


16 Apr 2019

Spring Updates!

Joseph Hasper had several world premieres of his musical compositions this spring: 

    In February his brass quintet Winter Suite was performed for the first time by the Youngstown Fine Arts Brass Quintet in Arnold Recital Hall. 

    In March the Grove City College Wind Ensemble performed Freedom Is A Thorny Crown, a piece Hasper composed expressly for that group. 

    Hasper’s orchestral composition Suite for a Short Time was given its world premiere in April at the annual Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association conference in Pittsburgh by the Grove City College Symphonic Orchestra. This miniature piece, just one minute in duration, is based on excerpts from ballet music Hasper composed in 2012. 

    Also in April, his trumpet concertoConcertutti was performed by the Grove City College Wind Ensemble with the Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio  as guest soloists. This concerto, as far as can be determined, is the first concerto written for three trumpets since 1785.

     In May the Grove City College Jazz Ensemble performs a new Hasper composition, What Is Jazz?, at their annual Family Day concert. This piece features narration based on Yogi Berra quotes read by two prominent GCC faculty members in a tongue-in-cheek homage to Yog

    The Jazz Ensemble and Stage Band also perform Hasper's arrangements of Straighten Up and Fly Right and At Last, both of which feature freshman Hannah Wilson as guest vocalist.i Berra. 



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