Tech hosts national music festival
Musicians across the nation will gather at Louisiana Tech Oct. 3-5 to participate in a melodious festival that is free and open to the public. Tech’s department of music in the School of Performing Arts will host its first national event, the National Association of Composers/USA National Festival. “This is the second oldest music composition group in America,” said Dr. Joe Alexander, an associate professor of music. “This is a national group, and people are coming from all over the country.” Alexander said most of the musicians who will perform are faculty members, but some are students as well. Tech graduate Joshua Carver and former faculty members Alan Goldspiel and Mel Mobley will also perform. “Styles will vary from across the entire gamut of music,” Alexander said. “People will come in and find stuff that they’ll surprisingly love. They’ll hear music they don’t understand, and often one hearing is not enough to comprehend the piece… Everyone likes some, and everyone dislikes some. It’s always interesting to see.” Alexander added that this national event was a great opportunity for residents in the north Louisiana area. “It’s the broadening of the mind,” he said. “We’re giving composers a chance to perform and their music exposed in Louisiana. Most of this stuff was composed in the last 10 years. It’s current, and you’ll hear styles from various parts of the country. You’ll get to hear what’s happening in New York and California. It’s a chance to expose the audience to new music.” A full schedule of events and more information about the national festival can be found at http://www.jlacomposer.com/#!nacusa/c1t04.