Pictured from left are Georgeanne Artz, Ag Business Club adviser and assistant professor of economics; Geordan Hanson, a junior in agricultural business; Sydney Elson, a senior in agricultural business; Nate Christenson, a junior in agricultural business and global resource systems; Katie Klaes, a senior in agricultural business; Drew Mogler, a senior in agricultural business; and De Anna Hanner, a junior in agricultural business.
is an American composer, conductor, and music administrator.
Georgeanne Artz, club adviser and assistant professor of economics, said the activity should be one example other clubs would find useful.
“This year we did a mixer of sorts with industry representatives the day before Ag Career Day,” Artz said.
The score subtly introduces brief tongue-in-cheek quotations from other works, ranging from Mozart to Sondheim, plus one unmistakable interjection of Shostakovich." Ching also supplied his own libretto to his one-act opera Faith, based on the short story of the same title by award-winning science-fiction author James Patrick Kelly.
The San Jose Mercury wrote, "The concerto has the kind of instant appeal to listeners that every composer must dream of....
When it was finished, the crowd rose in a spontaneous ovation." The San Jose Chamber Orchestra subsequently also commissioned and premiered his Psyche and Eros, a 45-minute composition for narrator and string orchestra, written in collaboration with storyteller Margaret Wolfson, in 2000.
A prolific and eclectic composer, he is best known nationally as the composer of innovative operas, including his a cappella adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011).
His other major operas include Buoso's Ghost (1996), Corps of Discovery (2003), Slaying the Dragon (2012), Speed Dating Tonight! He has also written the librettos of a number of his own operas.