Program Book 2001-2002 page 30
March 22 Concert Program Notes

TAYLOE HARDING is the Head of the Department of Music and Associate Professor of Music at Valdosta State University. A composer, Dr. Harding's works have received performances throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. He has received grants from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Foundation, Philip Morris, Inc.. and a variety of state and local agencies. Dr. Harding and his wife Christine Carere Harding are very proud of their family, including children Marvel, Maddie, Chase, Mimi, and Grace.

Commissioned by the Amherst, Chicago, and Ancia Saxophone Quartets, The Seven Churches of Easter, Richmond 1984 (2002) is scored for traditional saxophone quartet and is in seven movements, each dedicated to a different episcopal church in Richmond, VA. The work is inspired by the composer's visits to each of these seven churches during the seven weeks of the Easter season following the death of his father in 1984.

About The Seven Churches the composer writes: "These visits were for the purpose of choosing a horne church in that city. As a result, the music in the quartet here these eighteen years later is reflective of both the feelings and experiences I can remember having in each church at that time, and the feelings and observations I have had in the years since in and about each. And, the content of the work is also much inspired by the deep, complex feelings I have about certain persons in my life who have had great spiritual impact on it and whose associations with these places have provided greater meaning to my selection of the churches themselves."

LEILA SARAH LUSTIG was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She studied voice and composition at UCLA and received her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. She worked for a number of years as a coach-accompanist, then turned to producing music for public radio stations. Since moving to Canada in 1987, she has worked as an arts publicist and marketer, and in public relations at a university. While Ms. Lustig has composed for all media, her main focus is the human voice. Her other work for the ASQ is The Language of Bees.

Dr. Lustig writes: I happened to read in The New York Times: "Still, if the pessimistic view is right, and if 'music' means an act of communication between musician and hearer, then our era is near the descending end of a great curve that was Western music. That thought carries with it a sadness that the perennial newness of Mozart can ever lighten but never quite assuage." (Will Crutchfield, July 8, 1984)

Talk about throwing down the gauntlet! After mentally composing a number of letters to the Times editor, [ decided the only way to answer his taunt was in music. Something bluesy would be good for saxophones and

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