Strike the Right Tone

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Symphony kidThis month’s performance by Symphony Orchestra Augusta, “Midsummer in March,” will strike the right tone when the orchestra plays a piece by a composer with local ties.

The symphony will perform Agnus Dei by John Hennecken, a Martinez native and 2005 Lakeside High School graduate.

Agnus Dei, referring to the Christian theological concept “the Lamb of God” and the associated liturgical text from the Roman Catholic Latin Mass, has been set to music by many composers. Hennecken composed Agnus Dei for a choral music competition of the European American Summer Program in 2012. 

“The music is based on a three-note motive that repeats in different ways and develops through the piece,” he says.

While he was at the competition in Paris, Hennecken met Shizuo Z Kuwahara, SOA’s music director and conductor, for the first time. Kuwahara also has commissioned the young composer to write a new orchestral work, which will be performed in Japan and in Augusta later this year.

“It’s a lot of fun to write music, and it’s great to collaborate with performers,” says Hennecken, who currently is a University of Georgia doctoral composition student. “When I write a piece, I hope each audience member has his or her own individual experience.”


If You Go:
What: Symphony Orchestra Augusta “Midsummer in March”
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22
Where: First Baptist Church of Augusta
How Much: $7 – $41
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Photo courtesy of Timothy L. Vacula