On Wednesday, April 13, Villa Maria College music instructor, Carmen Aquila and a nationally and internationally performed composer, presented “A Little Night Musing,” to members of the Western New York the local community, faculty, staff and students in the College’s recital hall. The composition recital featured several of Aquila’s original compositions and two “world premieres,” one entitled Prayers for Solo Violin and the second entitled, Van Gogh, which featured a scored slide presentation of the artist’s work set to music.
Aquila earned his undergraduate degree in Music from the State University of New York at Fredonia and went on to earn his Masters in Music from Bowling Green University. His musical compositions have been premiered throughout the United States and as far abroad as Beijing, China, earning him notable awards, including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s “Music by Emerging Composers. Aquila was joined onstage by fellow musicians and colleagues including Holly Bewlay (soprano), Bryan Boyce (piano), Jacqueline Galluzzo (violin), and Bryan Eckenrode (cello).