Music Faculty Premiere Piece for Piano, Saxophone

Associate Professor Holly Gaines on saxophone with Professor and William F. Heefner Chair of Music John French on  piano gave the premiere performance of “The Better Angels of our Nature” by Philadelphia composer Kile Smith on January 29 at the Andrea Cleafield Salon concert in Philadelphia.   Smith wrote “The Better Angels of our Nature” specifically for the Gaines/French Duo as a companion piece to “This  Broad Land,” commissioned by Ursinus College in 2010 and premiered at the Trustees’ retirement ceelbration for the late President John Strassburger.