Frostburg State University Presents Wind Ensemble in Concert
The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the Wind Ensemble in concert on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.
Conducted by Shannon Shaker, the ensemble consists of composer Dr. Mackenzie Jacob LaMont, flutist Dr. Eftihia Arkoudis, saxophonist Dr. Brent Weber, pianist Dr. Jay DeWire and cellist Dr. Karen Lau. Accompanying the group will be the guest artists, conductor Lori Schwartz Reichl and composer Cait Nishimura.
The program for the evening will include “Conversations” by Chandler Wilson, “A Mother of a Revolution!” By Omar Thomas, “Lake Superior Suite” by Nishimura and “Symphonic Overture” by Charles Carter.
Wilson’s 2018 piece, “Conversations,” is based on the idea of conversations that are needed for society to progressively move forward, most profoundly in the areas of racial issues and equality. The music eloquently expresses the importance of considering and respecting others’ points of view.
In “A Mother of a Revolution!” Thomas celebrates the bravery of trans women and, in particular, Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson, one of the instigators of the famous Stonewall uprising of June 28,1969, which is commemorated annually during the worldwide Gay Pride celebrations. The disco vibe in the latter half of this 2019 piece is meant to honor club culture.
“Lake Superior Suite” (2018) is a five-movement piece for wind band, inspired by the landscapes of five provincial and national parks on the north shore of Lake Superior. Nishimura first came up with the idea during camping trips at each of the parks, and the suite was finalized during the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. Her intent was to expose listeners and performers to local natural wonders through music.
Carter composed the contemporary-sounding “Symphonic Overture” in 1963. Its opening section has a robust theme, and the second theme, slow and expressive, is a free form based on the opening idea introduced by the first flute. At the return of the first section, the first theme builds to great heights as all four entrances are achieved. As the “exposition” concludes, a homophonic quality closes the piece.
Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, members of the military and FSU faculty and staff, and free for all students and children. Tickets will be available at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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