Composer Viet Cuong


GLASSBORO – Rowan University’s bands close out the fall semester season with “Sound and Smoke,” a collaborative concert showcasing guest composer Viet Cuong on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. in Pfleeger Concert Hall on the university campus here.

The Rowan Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, under the direction of Joseph Higgins, and the Rowan Brass Band, led by Bryan Appleby-Wineberg and Amy Bliss, share the bill for a program that will feature two of Cuong’s works, “Diamond Tide” and “Sound and Smoke.” The evening also includes works by Richard Wagner and Giacomo Meyerbeer in addition to more than 150 musicians.

Cuong, current Composition Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, has had his work performed on six continents by many of today’s finest ensembles and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Aspen Music Festival, Boston GuitarFest, U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and on American Public Radio’s Performance Today. He is a recipient of the Barlow Endowment Commission, Copland House Residency Award, ASCAP Morton Gould Composers Award, Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award, Theodore Presser Foundation Music Award, Cortona Prize, Boston GuitarFest Composition Competition, and Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, among others.

Pfleeger Concert Hall is located in Wilson Hall on the university's Glassboro campus, Route 322 in Glassboro. Tickets are $10, general admission; $5, seniors/non-Rowan students/alumni/military. Rowan students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid ID, based on availability. Purchase tickets online at For additional information, call the box office at 856-256-4545 or email

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