Staff showcase

The MSU faculty performs “The Wild Called Maxx” Wednesday, April 17, in the Duncan Recitial Hall in Morehead, KY. Photo by Charlie Miller / The Trail Blazer

The story of Maxx, a young and progressive woman whose friends are helping her find her creative voice, came to the Duncan Recital Hall last Wednesday.

The presentation by music department staff was a mixture of storybook storytelling, chamber ensemble and illustration that is the hallmark of composer Whitney George. The music was a mixture of pop, rock, jazz and original works.

“Performances of the work have each been an overwhelming success due to the incorporation of visual art elements, multiple musical genres, and a narrative that is appealing to all ages,” said Russ Zokaites, a visiting professor in the Morehead State University music department and director of the project.

The faculty showcase is the third time this piece has been performed and previous performances have been well received, said Zokaites.

George “specializes in the use of mixed media to blur the distinctions between concert performance, installation art, and theater.” Her music, performance art and installations have made international and domestic premieres in England, Hong Kong, Austria, the Netherlands and the east and west coast of the U.S.

The group plans to perform the piece again at the International Trombone Festival, July 4-10 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.