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Concert Celebrates 100th Birthday of Composer

Concert Celebrates 100th Birthday of Composer
Václav Nelhýbel

Performance Music at Scranton paid homage to the great composer Václav Nelhýbel with a concert celebrating the centennial year of his birth.

The Václav Nelhýbel Centennial Concert took place in November and featured The University of Scranton Symphonic Band and internationally acclaimed trumpeter Christian Jaudes.

Nelhýbel had a long and close relationship with the University. At the time of his death on March 22, 1996, he was the composer-in-residence at Scranton and a beloved mentor to Performance Music conductor and director Cheryl Y. Boga. The composer’s influence is still very much alive at the University, as it is throughout the world. For the past 20 years Scranton has served as the home of The Nelhýbel Collection, which includes his published and unpublished compositions, personal papers, manuscript scores and other valuable materials, all impeccably curated by the composer’s widow.

“Nelhýbel’s music has resonated with every iteration of student who has come through here,” said Boga. “Every student who has ever played it, it has touched something in them or awoken something in them.”

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