Composer, conductor, trombonist

Benjamin Allen to present student recital Feb. 25

Benjamin Allen, a music major in Arts & Sciences, will present a senior honors recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Grace United Methodist Church. The concert, which is free and open to the public, reflects three distinct areas that Allen has pursued at Washington University: composition, conducting and trombone.


WHO: Benjamin Allen

WHAT: Senior honors recital

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25

WHERE: Grace United Methodist Church, intersection Skinker and Waterman boulevards

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (314) 935-4841

SPONSOR: Washington University Department of Music

Allen is a trombonist with the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra; the Saint Louis Wind Symphony; and the Washington University Symphony Orchestra.

For the Feb. 25 recital, he will be joined by pianist Henry Palkes, university accompanist, for three works for trombone, including one original composition, “Songs of the Lost.”

In addition, Allen will conduct a woodwind chamber ensemble in a serenade by Mozart and Igor Stravinsky’s “Octet,” followed by the premiere of Allen’s own “Sonata.”

Allen, whose home is in Sayne, PA, has studied trombone with Stephen Lange, assistant principal trombonist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchesta. His instructor in conducting is Dan Presgrave, director of the Washington University Symphony Orchestra. He studied composition with Roland Jordan, professor emeritus of composition and theory.

Grace United Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Skinker and Waterman boulevards. For more information, call (314) 935-4841.