Winter Music Festival Honors Local Composer

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University will feature three student ensembles and honor Dr. Gilbert Roller, a retired member of the Music Department faculty, at the Winter Festival of Music on Feb. 21 in Hughes Auditorium. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Roller taught music theory and served as chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Asbury for many years, mentoring students and serving as class advisor to the Class of 1988 along the way. The Asbury University Orchestra will perform two movements from a symphony Roller composed titled “Symphony #1” as well as “Kleine Symphonie” by Karl Abel.

“In many ways, Dr. Roller’s music is a sound portrait of his outlook on life — his deep love of God’s creation and his heartfelt gratitude to the Grace he has received from his Lord Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Ronald Holz, director of the orchestra. “The music embodies these attributes.”

The Concert Band will perform two pieces: “Rejouissance,” written by former faculty member James Curnow ’66, and “Gravity Wave,” by Brian Balmages. The Collegium Musicum Piano Trio will round out the program with Beethoven’s “Piano Trio in C Minor.”

After the concert, Roller will host a book signing of his new book, “Healing Horses.”

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