Prentice Concert Chorale’s October 22, 2012 concert, CREATION, opened with a premiere performance of Wesley King’s “the stained glass sky.”
Inspired by this digital photograph, Wesley composed poem and music. According to Wesley, “the stained glass sky” is supposed to be a second hand description of a sunset with some religious hints. As the piece progresses it’s supposed to lead into the night sky and the last repeated section is supposed to be like a lullaby, as though the creator goes to sleep.”
“the stained glass sky,” well received by audience members received an encore performance at the end of the evening’s concert, this time conducted by the composer.
Wesley King is a native of Tuscaloosa County, hailing from Fosters, AL. As a composer his works have been performed by high school, collegiate, and religious groups all over the southeast. He has won the AMEA Young Composer’s award three times since entering college. He has also been an Honorable Mention winner in the MNTA Young Composer Competition.
Now living and working in Nashville, TN Wesley King recently collaborated with Jason Forbach in writing, “Revolutionary.” The song taps into Forbach’s experience on the barricades. Jason Forbach is currently on tour with the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables as Enjolras.
A portion of the proceeds from the song will benefit music education charity Ear Candy.