A musical work by Stephen Michael Gryc, professor emeritus of music composition and theory at The Hartt School, was premiered in La Crosse, Wisconsin on April 23. Giugnol: Concerto for Bassoon and Small Orchestra was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and premiered by members of UWLC’s Wind Ensemble and bassoon soloist Richard Hoenich, former principal player with the Montreal Symphony. Hartt graduate Dr. J. Thomas Seddon IV conducted the ensemble. Professor Gryc attended rehearsals and the concert which also included a performance of Gryc’s Fanfara Agitata for brass quintet. On April 30 the entire UWLC Wind Ensemble performed Gryc’s Golden Gate, a three-movement tone poem that evokes sights and sounds of San Francisco.
April was a busy month for performances of Professor Gryc’s music with a total of ten performances of nine different compositions. Highlights included a performance of Evensong for trumpet and wind ensemble by the Eastern Michigan University Wind Ensemble at the Ypsilanti campus on April 9 and the premiere of Fanfare in Red and White for brass and percussion at President Walter Harrison’s retirement celebration on the University of Hartford campus on April 5. While wind music predominated, a work for violin, viola, cello, and piano, Dances and Nocturnes, was performed by an augmented New World Trio on April 23 in Farmington, Connecticut. Gryc's music has been performed at 176 colleges and universities worldwide.