“Rex Willis and Friends” Present Original Compositions by Willis
(Bradenton Fla., March 20, 2013) — A concert featuring original compositions by well-known composer and classical guitarist Rex Willis will be presented at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.
Local professional musicians and SCF students and faculty members will join Willis in the “Rex Willis and Friends” concert featuring a wide variety of musical styles. The performance includes a popular fable narrated to the animated sound of a string quartet, the premiere of a percussion ensemble work featuring a marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and other instruments, and an experimental-avant-garde piece by a guitarist with audience participation.
“Psalm 84,” a newly published choral work by Willis, will be sung by the SCF Chamber Choir, accompanied by Lurray Myers on the pipe organ. SCF’s Guitar Ensemble will premiere “Jarana,” a piece with strong flamenco influence. Other instrumental arrangements include “Nowhere Near the Rainbow,” “Fresco,” “Balatta di Brno” and “Tango of Rhapsody.”
Willis, SCF music instructor, teaches courses including Classical Guitar, Composition, Music Theory, Music History and Music Appreciation, and he conducts the Guitar Ensemble. He has a master’s degree in music composition from Florida State University.
He has written film scenes for several award-winning independent films. He has been a featured performer with the Florida String Quartet, Sarasota Pops, Artist Series of Sarasota, Florida State Music Teachers Association State Convention, Miami International Guitar Festival, Brno International Guitar Festival (Czech), Gloria Musicae, the Gwinnett Philharmonic Association Concert Series and the Sarasota Orchestra.
General admission is $8. Tickets are $4 for students and SCF employees. For more information, contact the SCF music department at 941-752-5351 or Neel Performing Arts Center box office at 941-752-5252. Maps and directions are online at scf.edu/maps.