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St. Pete composer Nick White: Going barefoot for Kerouac




At just 22, composer and St. Pete Native Nick White has studied composition at the New England Conservatory and spent a year in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Rimsky Korsakov State Conservatory.

This weekend, he'll perform a big swath of his music during two concerts at the [email protected] Friday and Saturday night. The program includes the premiere of his setting for soprano, viola and bass of Long Dead's Longevity, a poem by another former St. Pete resident: Jack Kerouac.

The program includes 12 works, ranging from a duet for soprano sax and violin White wrote at 16 to the Kerouac song cycle (“A bear . . . probably the most modern thing on the program,’’ the composer said) to Jazz Variations on a Theme by Johannes Brahms.

"With this program I wanted to cover all of my personal bases,‚Äô‚Äô White, a graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, said last week over an afternoon tea at the Kahwa coffee shop. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve always had a strong belief that you need to know and learn the rules before you can break them. So a couple of the pieces are very traditional and sort of neoromantic, while the majority of the program is more modern and tonally experimental.‚Äô‚Äô

In homage to his time in the other St. Petersburg, White titled this weekend’s program Bosikom, Russian for barefoot, which also suggests his idea that classical music shouldn’t be treated with too much reverence.

For more on Nick White, check out John Fleming's interview with the young composer.

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