You are bidding on a copy of “Twister” signed by the composer, Lisa Neher. This piece was commissioned by the Durward Ensemble and premiered on August 24, 2017 at Kirkwood Community College, Ballantyne Auditorium.

60% of the proceeds from auctions will go to the American Cancer Society.

Composer’s notes: This piece was commissioned by Durward ensemble of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and its writing marks the end of my eighth year living in the Midwest. In light of these facts, I wanted to write something in celebration of the natural world of the American heartland. I was inspired by the raw power and terrifying beauty of tornadoes. “Twister” delves into the tornado as a shadowy force to be reckoned with, a display of the awesome might and supremacy of nature. The piece opens with a variety of sound effect noises that evoke gathering winds, hail, and thunder. At other moments, boisterous, asymmetrical melodies represent the strength of the tornado while flurries of activity evoke frenzied winds. These build to cacophonous clusters of chords that represent the raging storm and the sound of emergency sirens. The uproar cuts out abruptly in the middle of the piece, as if the listener is protected for a moment in the eye of the storm, but not for long…