AU Music Professor’s Composition Premiere to Coincide with Solar Eclipse

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Dr. Caroline Ahn, artistic director for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Anderson University, will have her new concert band piece “Into the Darkness” premiered by seven Illinois schools on April 5 in Carbondale, Illinois. The event, “Into the Darkness: Celebrating the Eclipse with Music,” will be held at SIU Shryock Auditorium at 7:00 PM EDT. The combined groups will perform pieces composed or arranged in the seven years between the two eclipses that will have passed over Carbondale.

“I am excited about this thrilling opportunity that many high school bands will be playing my piece to celebrate the total eclipse,” said Ahn. “As a composer, my inspiration always comes from God and his creatures. I was trying to convey the mood and momentum when everything becomes dark and time feels stopped. I am honored to be invited to be at the event to communicate with the audience at Southern Illinois University.”

Dr. Caroline Ahn

Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Ahn writes music inspired by the natural world. Her music is described as ‘entirely delicate and lyrical’ yet has strong power that grabs the audience’s attention. Her recent style shows using a more minimalistic approach to music but still greatly focusing on timbre using a lot of repeating and perpetuating motions.

To learn more, read what Southern Illinois University has to say about this exciting prelude to this April’s total solar eclipse.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.


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