Play It Forward: Symphonic Music on Monday!

On Monday, November 24, the OU Band Department presents the final symphonic wind concerts of the 2008 Fall Semester, in a Sutton Series concert at 8:00 PM in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall at Catlett Music Center.

The concert, entitled “Play It Forward,” features music ranging “from the historic sounds of Sousa and Rossini to the panoramic ensemble colors of today.

The Symphony Band, directed by Mr. Jeff Jahnke and Mr. Brian Britt, performs Rossini’s 1843 Scherzo for Band, Malcom Arnold’s 1950 classic English Dances for Band, Set 1, John Mackey’s 2008 work Undertow, and Sousa’s march of international cooperation, the 1899 Hands Across the Sea. (It is, I believe, the only Sousa march where the Bass Clarinet has “melody” all the way through the piece. Don’t ask me why I remember this.)

The Wind Symphony performs Mackey’s 2007 two-movement work Kingfishers Catch Fire (it’s about the bird, not about burning down the town) with guest conductor Debra Traficante, and Joseph Turrin’s 2006 work Introduction to Act II and Interlude from “The Scarecrow” with guest conductor Danh Pham. Dr. William Wakefield is joined by Dr. Eldon Matlick, horn faculty at OU, for the first movement of James Beckel’s 1997 The Glass Bead Game: Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble, entitled The Call and Awakening. The concert concludes with David Maslanka’s two-movement 2005 “Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble,” Give Us This Day.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for students, faculty, staff, or senior citizens. Buy them at the door, or from the Catlett Music Center box office; call F.A.C.T.S. at (405) 325-4101 for more information. If you can’t make it (and we sure hope you can—these contemporary pieces exhibit rich tonal colors and orchestration that’s not what you might expect from a Concert Band), the concert is scheduled to be streamed live from the OU School of Music Web site. Check it out on Monday at 8:00 PM if you’re not in Sharp Hall!