Composer Michael Kurek's "Joie de vivre" will highlight a classical concert by Trio Casals Sunday, March 4,at 2 p.m., at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Second and Market streets, Lewes.
The first-ever commissioned work by the church's St. Cecilia Guild, Kurek's "Joy of Living" composition - written for violin, cello, piano, organ and harpsicord - will be featured in a program that includes works by Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák and contemporary American composer L. Peter Deutsch.
Members of Trio Casals, cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, violinist Sylvia Ahramjian and pianist Anna Kislitsyna, have recorded two albums of modern chamber music and performed these full programs at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York.
American composer Kurek was chair of the Department of Music Composition at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. He has now relinquished the administrative part of his position while he continues to teach and devote himself more fully to an increasing number of commissions.
He previously held positions at the State University of New York at Fredonia and at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.
For more information, go to www.stpeterslewes.org/music/st-cecilia-guild.