FSU Wind Ensemble to Perform Spring Concert
Frostburg State University’s Wind Ensemble, conducted by Shannon Shaker, will present its spring concert on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The event will also feature faculty artist Dr. Deborah Caldwell on the trumpet and guest artist Dr. Rachel Messing on the oboe.
The program will feature diverse composers, programmatic music and new music for the wind band, including “Lamentations” by Onsby Rose, “El Bosque Magico” by Ferrar Ferran, “Yosemite Sunrise” by Karen Kachelmeier Robertson, “Handel in the Strand” by Percy Grainger and “The Washington Post March” by John Phillip Sousa.
“Lamentations” is a brand-new tone poem for trumpet and wind ensemble that was commissioned by a consortium led by the Elkhart Municipal Band in Elkhart, Ind., in memory of the longtime member of their trumpet sections, Joyce Gerber. It was supported by FSU as part of the commission. This piece explores the five stages of grief. The work will feature Caldwell alongside the FSU Wind Ensemble.
Ferran is a Spanish composer, and the programmatic piece “El Bosque Magico” is whimsical and delightful, depicting trolls, gnomes and elves. Accomplished oboist Messing will be featured as a soloist alongside the Wind Ensemble.
Robertson’s “Yosemite Sunrise” is a beautifully descriptive work inspired by dawn at Yosemite National Park. The opening is slow and calm, before dawn has arrived, with repeated marimba sounds giving the promise of a new day. Gradually, new instruments add life to the music as the sun enters in full majesty. The music then becomes faster and louder with the sun in full ascent, while the magic of Yosemite achieves its full splendor.
“Handel in the Strand” is one of Grainger’s early light orchestral pieces, written in 1911, before he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I. It was designated a clog dance and was redone in various instrumental versions over a period of decades. A friend suggested the title “Handel in the Strand” because the music seemed to reflect Handel and English musical comedy.
In 1889, the owners of The Washington Post requested that Sousa, the leader of the U.S. Marine Band, compose a march for the newspaper’s essay contest awards ceremony. Sousa obliged, and the piece was introduced at the ceremony and became quite popular.
Caldwell has worked, performed and taught at the Territorial Music Institute in Texas, Interlochen Arts Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Seoul Foreign School in Korea. She was a founding member of the Wabash City Brass Quintet in Kansas and enjoyed performing Ernest Bloch’s “Proclamation” with the Kansas State Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto Competition. Caldwell enjoys international travel and has performed in seven countries. She is a lecturer in FSU’s Department of Music.
Messing is a professional oboist and educator in Arizona who performs with the Phoenix Symphony, True Concord, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Philharmonic, Las Cruces Symphony, Prescott Pops Symphony, West Valley Symphony and Tucson Pops Orchestra. Her popular music experience includes performances with the bands Hanson and Mannheim Steamroller and with Johnny Mathis. Messing is an adjunct oboe professor at Grand Canyon University and Mesa Community College. She has also given performance and reed-making master classes at colleges across the country.
Messing’s visit was made possible by a President’s Experiential Learning Enhancement grant. She will offer the following workshop and master class that are free and open to the public during her time at FSU: “Music Educator’s Toolbox: Beginning and Supporting Oboists in Your Ensembles” on Wednesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. in Pealer Center room 216 and “Oboe Master Class” on Thursday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Pealer Recital Hall. For more information, contact Shaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults; $5 for FSU faculty and staff, seniors and members of the military; and free for students and children. Tickets will be available at the door. Cash or credit cards will be accepted.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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