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Savage composition premiered at Southern Campus

Savage composition premiered at Southern Campus
Published: November 26, 2017 Author: Christine Shaw

Charles Savage, Senior Lecturer of Music at the Zanesville Campus, received a premiere performance of his composition Wind Swept for Flute and Wind Ensemble, at the Southern Campus. The Ohio University Southern Community Band, under the direction of Patrick McCoy, played the composition at their Fall concert.

Wind Swept was composed for a remembrance concert for flautist Carol Kitts. The composition was the result of a conversation between Savage and McCoy, the group’s conductor during Spring semester, to pay tribute to Kitts, one of the ensemble’s flautists and a deputy sergeant with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years. She had also performed in the Greater Huntington Symphonic Band and was active in the Lawrence County Historical Society.

The composition featured a flute solo and also a rendering of “Taps” to celebrate Kitts’ life and her service to her community and the Sherriff’s Department. “The composition was meant to serve as a snapshot of Carol’s life as the musician and as a police officer” Savage said.

In addition to Wind Swept, Savage composed Breath (duet for Two Flute), Alliance Publications, Inc. located in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

OU Southern Community Band practicing

Photo courtesy of: Patrick McCoyMcCoy, right, practices with the Ohio University Southern Community Band