Local composer James Sproul has been infatuated with composition since his senior year of high school.

Sproul still plays trumpet and piano and is the band and orchestra teacher at Hart and Panama Elementary schools.

An Evening of Sproul and Art Song came about when co-founder and recital coordinator of Bakersfield Recital Series, Steve Diaz asked Sproul to collaborate with Katherine Kiouses. 

"We were doing fine tuning to the songs and were discussing a few local musicians in town that do classical music when she said 'let's just do a bunch of your stuff,'" Sproul said.  

Sproul said to expect a variety of sounds. From contemporary to traditional. Sproul himself will be presenting four pieces which makes up half of the concert, the other half a variety of art songs. 

Art songs, Sproul said, are words set to classical music, rather than pop music.

Much of Sproul's work is influenced by 20th century composer Igor Stravinsky and composer, Steve Reich, who spearheaded the minimal movement. 

"I draw a lot from poetry, whether I'm studying the words for the song or not," Sproul said. Some of his staples are Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings and Wilfred Owen. 

"The mixing of different art forms, is what inspires me" Sproul said. 

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