Bright Elegy

Wells School of Music’s Gateway Ensemble Conductor, Joseph Caminiti

The Gateway Ensemble was newly formed in April 2021 by its Music Director, Joseph Caminiti, and is comprised of WCU’s string faculty and select students and alumni.

Composer, Robert Maggio, wrote Bright Elegy to honor his mother. He says, “Her departure invited me to reflect deeply about what we pass on from generation to generation, and how we might choose to keep the best qualities of our loved ones alive in our everyday words and actions. My mother was a brilliant woman, with a vibrant personality, who was ultimately taken away from us by Alzheimer’s Disease. This music, which is based on a Sicilian lullaby, reflects both the incomparable loss and the burning sense of purpose I feel in the wake of her passing. She was my star, and her radiant spirit will always burn brightly within me.”

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