Wayland Hosts Chamber Music Concert

PLAINVIEW -- John Beall, Composer in Residence at West Virginia University since 1978, will present a chamber concert, showcasing his original music inspired by hymn and folk materials at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Wayland Baptist University’s Harral Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public

Also performing will be Carol Beall, Assistant Professor of Piano at West Virginia University; Jeffrey Lastrapes, Professor of cello at Oklahoma State University; Annie Chalex, Professor of Violin at West Texas A & M University; clarinetist Sandra Mosteller, Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Wayland; and flutist Margaret Redcay, adjunct instructor for Wayland.

“This is big,” said Dr. Ann Stutes, Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Wayland. “This is one of the most important collaborative we have sponsored.”

A performer on double bass and cello as well as a composer, Beall grew up the son of a Baptist minister in Belton and Beaumont. After receiving a music degree from Baylor University, he served four years in the United States Air Force followed by completion of his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. While studying at Eastman, Beall received both the Louis Lane Prize and the Howard Hanson Prize, two of Eastman’s highest composition honors.

Featured on the concert will be three compositions inspired by hymn and folk music. Terra Firma was written in 1998-99 for the the Monogahela Trio in Morgantown, West Virginia. Composed in three movements, the “firm ground” of the title refers to the slow second movement which is based on the early American hymn, “Foundation” (“How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord”).Chestnut Ridge, composed in 1982 for the Aeolian Chamber Players of New York, combines several musical elements typical of Appalachian culture: folk songs, dances, and hymns. Two tunes unique to the state of West Virginia, “Fair Charlotte” and “Lover’s Lament” are integrated with quotations from the Gospel song, “Trust and Obey.” In the Cello Sonata, written in 1984, Professor Beall bases the middle movement on “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling.”

“To have such a fine collection of chamber professionals performing together in Plainview is a rare treat,” Stutes said.

Stutes became acquainted with the Bealls, Lastrapes and Chalex through her summer work at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.

“Having the Interlochen faculty members in town along with our own local faculty of Sandra Mosteller and Margaret Redcay is priceless,” Stutes said. “The connection to sacred music will be inspirational for Wayland’s young music professionals.”