Frostburg State University Presents Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers in Concert
The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers in concert on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.
Conducted by Shannon Shaker, the Wind Ensemble will perform a range of pieces, including “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Willcox Jenkins, “Flight of the Dragon” by Mollie Budiansky, “Forgotten Children” by Peter Meechan and “Vesuvius” by Frank Ticheli.
Jenkins was an American composer, professor of music and musician. During his military service, Jenkins was the arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band, during which time he composed his now-famous “American Overture for Band.” “American Overture” became Jenkins’ most successful work and he stated he would be “hard-pressed to duplicate its success.”
With favorite themes of nature and aviation, Budiansky seeks to write music rooted in stories and sound worlds alike. “Flight of the Dragon” is a fanfare-like piece commissioned by the Sonoma Valley High School music department to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary.
“Forgotten Children” is a short work for wind orchestra and electronic accompaniment written when the subject of the war in Syria dominated news headlines along with harrowing images of chemical weapons being used on children who were, and still are, the “Forgotten Children.”
“Vesuvius” began in the composer's mind as a wild and passionate dance such as might have been performed at an ancient Roman Bacchanalia. According to Ticheli, “As it grew more explosive and fiery, the piece evolved to become more like a dance from the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii, destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79.” Indeed, the mountain is symbolized by the power and energy in this work.
The FSU Chamber Singers, conducted by Scott Rieker and accompanied by pianist Joseph Yungen, will perform accompanied and a cappella works that showcase the emotional range of the human spirit, including two gems by Mexican composer Rodolfo Halfter and American composer Halsey Stevens, as well as a world premiere of a piece by Rieker.
Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, members of the military and FSU faculty and staff, and free for all students and children 12 and younger. 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.
Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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