News Center

Visiting Composer Wharton Featured in Two Concerts at Hendrix

CONWAY, Ark. (February 7, 2018) – The music of Philip Wharton, visiting composer at Hendrix College, will be featured in two concerts this month, set for Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27 in Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Monday’s selection of chamber works includes the alto saxophone sonata Prohibition; a flute sonata; Songs of Cornwall; 6 Bagatelles for two flutes and piano; and two movements from Phantasms for saxophone choir. Tuesday’s program features the world premiere of Jigsaw, a work for solo piano; two settings of Carl Sandburg texts, The Prairie Sings and Blooms Remembered; and a sonata for alto trombone.

Composer/violinist Wharton’s compositions, heralded from coast to coast, have been described by the New York Concert Review as, “…decidedly contemporary…both engaging and accessible.” They have been performed at the Santa Fe Opera, on tour by the Grammy-nominated Borealis Wind Quintet, and by chamber symphonies, regional orchestras, and more. Other projects include collaborations with author Janet Burroway and illustrator John Vernon Lord to create musical settings of their books for children: The Giant Jam Sandwich, The Truck on the Track, and a vocal-monodrama, The Perfect Pig.

Both concerts are part of the Harold Thompson Recital Series at Hendrix College. Performers include John Krebs, Hendrix professor of music, piano; Alicia Williams, Hendrix adjunct instructor of music, flute; Danielle Dilday ’21, Hendrix student, flute; Sarah Stankiewicz and Kara Claybrook, Hendrix adjunct instructors of music, voice; Barbara Clements, associate professor of music, Arkansas Tech University, voice; Sean Reed, assistant professor of music, Arkansas Tech University, trombone; Christopher Barrick, associate professor of music, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, alto saxophone; and the University of Central Arkansas Saxophone Choir.

For more information about these events, contact Dr. John Krebs, 501-450-1245 or

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit