Commissions and Celebratory Compositions

July 16, 2015

The music of Associate Professor Anthony Suter has been heard in almost every major U.S. city, and during Homecoming 2014, his notes filled the air in the Memorial Chapel.

Suter’s piece, “Unbounded,” was written in celebration of the $35 million scholarship gift that Rich ’52 and Ginnie ’52 Hunsaker gave to the University of Redlands. The University Brass Ensemble performed the world premiere of the piece during the “R” Story event commemorating the generosity of the Hunsakers, and a framed copy of the sheet music was presented to the alumni couple, who appreciated this gift of music.

That’s not the only big piece he has composed recently; Suter was enlisted to pen a piece for the Utah Symphony’s Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City, the summer home of the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

“The work, ‘Friction Gift,’ was commissioned for the San Francisco-based Friction Quartet,” he said. “This was my first project with both the Friction Quartet and the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Deer Valley Music Festival.”

Suter’s next project is closer to home, as he is writing a saxophone and piano work for an upcoming CD by a University of Redlands alumnus, featuring works by University of Redlands composers.