Free concert rescheduled for March 4

The free combined concert of the Symphony Band and Concert Band, postponed due to weather and road conditions, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 4, at 8:00 PM in Sharp Hall at Catlett Music Center. Details below (though they may be familiar if you read the announcements last week).

SB_CB_2.25First up is the Concert Band, directed this semester by DMA candidate Brian T. Wolfe. You’ll recall that this ensemble is—well, let’s let the University say it:

Membership is open to all students across the campus with previous instrumental experience, or for students who are majoring in music and wish to play their primary or secondary instrument. Auditions for Principal chair are held during the first week of class in January.

The only auditions are for chair position. The program consists of Echoles by Samuel Hazo; Puszta: Four Gypsy Dances by Jan Van der Roost; and The Southerner March by Russell Alexander.

Following a brief intermission, Dr. Debra L. Traficante directs the Symphony Band, “a seventy piece ensemble comprised of talented undergraduates who earn membership on the basis of audition,” in the longer portion of the program. The pieces include Dedication Overture by Vittorio Giannini; the post-9/11 remembrance A Hymn for the Lost & Living by Eric Ewazen, “The Alcotts” from Piano Sonata No. 2 by Charles Ives (this is the third movement of the sonata, which was later arranged for symphonic winds under the title A Concord Symphony, and whose opening phrase was used by Bruce Hornsby in the introduction to Every Little Kiss); Entry March of the Boyars, Op. 17 by Johan Halvorsen, and Prelude and Dance by Paul Creston.

Click on the poster image above to get your own 11″ X 17″ poster for the concert, which is now a collector’s item due to two errors:

  1. The concert is now on March 4, not February 25K/li>
  2. Due to production lead times, the poster includes a fourth selection for the Concert Band (“Cake Walk” from Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett) that will not be performed until the April concert

That still leaves lots of free music from two great groups of students, so we hope we can see you there!