World Premiere for IWS Assistant Conductor Nathan Voges

February 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm | Posted in Concerts | Leave a comment

We’re all pretty proud of what Nathan Voges does on the podium, but now he’s taking it to a whole new level.

Indiana Wind Symphony Assistant Conductor Nathan Voges will travel to Valparaiso University on Saturday, February 7, to participate in the premiere performance of his original composition for narrator and band: A Robert F. Kennedy Portrait – Our World Through His Eyes. Voges will narrate the piece, accompanied by the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler.

Maestro Voges composed the work in 2007, with the hope that it might find its first performance in 2008, the 40th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. The inspiration for the piece came after Voges played a series of concerts that included patriotic, narrated pieces that seemed to be written by composers with political persuasions contrary to his own:

I was driving home after one of these concerts, still stewing over having to play something I found distasteful, when the thought occurred: “If you don’t like it, write your own piece!” I purchased a biography of Robert F. Kennedy and found thirteen quotes I felt were compelling and still relevant, and set them to music. I drew upon my many experiences as a musical theatre pit musician to write underscore and dramatic effects.

My earliest political memory is of seeing footage of RFK’s assassination on the television, when I was three-and-a-half years old. I still find these words of RFK to have powerful resonance, even though it has been almost eight years since I started writing the piece.

The composition is warmly dedicated to Ms. Janis Stockhouse, Director of Bands at Bloomington North High School, Bloomington, Indiana.

The concert begins at 7:30 at the Chapel of the Resurrection on the campus of Valparaiso University. Admission is free. Find more information here.

If you attend the concert, please let us know what you thought of Nathan’s new piece!


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