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S McAllister
At a time when the musical offerings of the world are more varied than ever before, few composers have emerged with the unique personality of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Her music is widely known because it is performed, recorded, broadcast, and - above all - listened to and liked by all sorts of ... More »
S McAllister
Scott McAllister was born in Vero Beach, Florida, in 1969, and completed his BM and BA degrees from Florida State University in composition and clarinet performance. His main teachers were Frank Kowalsky, John Boda and Ladislav Kubik. In 1996 McAllister completed his doctorate in ... More »
Paul McKee
Paul McKee, Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone, joined the Florida State University faculty in 2007 and also teaches classes in improvisation, ear training and arranging in addition to directing the FSU Jazz Ensemble. Paul holds degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and the ... More »
S McAllister
The music of Manhattan-based Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) has been performed and recorded in more than 30 countries worldwide in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles' Disney Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center ... More »

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On October 8, 2010, the Florida State University College of Music celebrated their 100th anniversary in extraordinary fashion. After two years of anticipation, the transformation of Ruby Diamond Auditorium into a world-class concert hall was finally complete. The event was commemorated with a grand re-opening concert, featuring four pieces commissioned specifically for this historic occasion.

Concertgoers were treated to original pieces by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and FSU alumna Ellen Taaffe Zwillich, FSU alumnus and Baylor University School of Music composition Professor Scott McAllister, FSU jazz trombone Assistant Professor Paul McKee, and Manhattan-based Norwegian pianist and composer Ola Gjeilo.

Six pieces in all were performed by the FSU College of Music’s University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and the Combined Choirs, comprised of over 600 voices.

Join WFSU-TV on Monday, December 13 at 9 pm /8 ct, for Ruby Diamond: The Birth of a Concert Hall, and take in the sights and sounds from this unforgettable night.

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Fanfare: Reminiscence and Celebration
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

The University Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Jimènez, Music Director and Conductor

Commissioned by the Dorothy and Jonathan Rintels Charitable Foundation
to celebrate the College of Music's centennial season and the reopening of Ruby Diamond

Scott McAllister
The University Wind Orchestra
Richard Clary, Conductor
The Jewel Within
Paul McKee
Jazz Ensemble I
Leon Anderson, Conductor
Gloria Fanfare
Jeffrey Ames
Combined choruses, faculty brass, percussion
Kevin Fenton, Conductor
And Dream Awhile
Blake R. Henson
University Singers
André Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Rays of Light
Ola Gjeilo
Combined choruses, faculty brass, percussion
André Thomas, Music Director and Conductor