Frostburg State University Presents Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble in Winter Concert
The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble in its Winter Concert on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.
The Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Mackenzie LaMont, will perform “In the Court of the Crimson King” by the legendary rock group King Crimson and the modern classic, “Stained Glass,” by David R. Gillingham.
Conducted by Shannon Shaker, the Wind Ensemble will perform a range of pieces, including “Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Grainger; “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; “Catch Me if You Can” by John Williams, featuring faculty artist Dr. Brent Weber on alto saxophone; and “Folk Dances” by Dimitri Shostakovich.
To celebrate the extremely influential group, King Crimson, the Percussion Ensemble will perform “In the Court of the Crimson King.” The album is one of the first and most influential of the progressive rock genre, where the band largely departed from the blues influences upon which rock music was founded and combined elements of jazz, classical and symphonic music.
“Stained Glass,” written in 1990 by contemporary composer Gillingham, was inspired by the beauty and color of stained glass. The first movement, “Foyers,” refers to the variations of stained glass found in the entrances of dwellings. The second movement, “Cathedrals,” seeks to create the mysteriousness and grandeur of the cathedrals of the world. The final movement, “Sun Catchers,” begins joyously and was inspired by the colors reflected by a variety of sun catchers.
“Shepherd’s Hey” is one of the best-known and most often performed of the early folk song arrangements or compositions with which Grainger was preoccupied between the turn of the century and the beginning of World War I as he pursued dual careers as concert pianist and composer in London. This lively, witty and charming piece is standard repertoire for concert bands.
Written in 1923, “English Folk Song Suite” is one of English composer Williams’ most famous works for military band and treats traditional melodies with originality and subtle charm. The first march is called “Seventeen Come Sunday,” the intermezzo is subtitled “My Bonny Boy” and the final movement is based on four “Folk Songs From Somerset.”
Williams’ score to the hit movie “Catch Me If You Can” is haunting and captivating. The music features an alto sax solo and a wide variety of unique percussion and scoring devices. This arrangement includes the most striking musical themes from the soundtrack in a concert setting.
Composed in Shostakovich’s lighthearted style, this single-movement work, “Folk Dances,” is filled with the joy and exuberance of the Russian people. The many folk melodies are combined in a string so that musical energy abounds and the spirit of folk dances can easily be imagined.
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, December 8, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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