From the enterprise: Local pianist wins Composer of the Year

Keva Vaughan-McMorrow will perform her newest piece in Olympia

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On June 22, the state capital will get to see what South County arts has to offer, as Cascade Symphony pianist Keva Vaughan-McMorrow will be premiering her newly commissioned chamber work in Olympia’s Red Lion Hotel ballroom.

The Washington State Music Teachers Association selected Vaughan-McMorrow as its 2010 Composer of the Year. Vaughan-McMorrow will be honored in the culminating work of the evening’s concert with her chamber work, “Evening River Echoes.” Scored for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass, harp, piano and percussion, the work will be performed with her colleagues from the Edmonds Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

“Evening River Echoes” was inspired by the composer’s childhood memories of nights spent at the family’s cabin located in a Redwood forest overlooking the Russian River in California. The sounds represent the cacophony of human activities rising from the river basin below. It begins with the relative calm of a summer’s evening and progresses into strains of gypsy music that arise from a riverside encampment. In a press release, the piece is described as the sounds of people swimming, singing, partying, laughing, arguing and activities of wild animals all blending into the child’s consciousness as she drifts asleep under the redwood trees and stars. It ends as the night wears on, the sounds of humanity diminish and the forest canyon is once again enveloped in a tranquil evening mist.

Vaughan-McMorrow, who is based in Seattle, also is a music teacher and often performs as a soloist and accompanist.