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Brass Ensemble to Present Theatre Selections in Spring Concert at FSU

Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present its Brass Ensemble in concert on Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public. If you cannot attend, the recital will also be livestreamed; click the “JOIN STREAM” button on this page a few minutes before the recital is scheduled to begin, or anytime during the recital, to view the live performance.

Directed by Joshua Bishop, the event will also feature the FSU Low Brass Ensemble. Performers will include MJ Harden, Nikki Kehl, Joey Orr and Kael Sorensen on trumpets; Brice Simpson and Sam White on horns; DeAndre Cook and Zach Inglish on trombones; Alex Frye, Casey Swartz and Zoe Wenstrand on euphoniums; and Doug Holtz on the tuba.

The theme of the performance is “Theatre,” and all selections are from movies or operas. The program will include “Fanfare” from “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss; “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by Danny Elfman; “Remember Me” from “Coco” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez; “Theme” from “The Pacific” by Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli and Hans Zimmer; “Star Wars Medley” by John Williams; “Theme” from “The Avengers” by Zimmer; “March” from “Aida” by Guiseppe Verdi; “Nessun Dorma” by Giacomo Puccini; and “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” and “Prelude to Act 3” from “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner.

“Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30” is a tone poem Strauss composed in 1896, which was inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical 1883-1885 novel of the same name. The initial fanfare, titled “Sunrise,” became well-known after its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is the 15th soundtrack album by American composer Elfman. It was released in 1993 by Walt Disney Records to promote the animated musical dark-fantasy film.

“Remember Me” is a song from the 2017 animated Pixar film “Coco.” It won Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.

The HBO miniseries “The Pacific” tracks the intertwined real-life journeys of three U.S. Marines across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War II. The main theme from the soundtrack is titled “Honor.”

The classic “Star Wars Medley” was created shortly after the original release of “Star Wars” in 1977 and still remains the best transcription of Williams’ stunning movie score.

“The Avengers” is the film score for the Marvel Studios film “The Avengers” by Alan Silvestri. It was released by Hollywood Records in 2012.

“Aida” is an opera in four acts by Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in the Old Kingdom of Egypt, it was commissioned by Cairo's Khedivial Opera House and premiered there in 1871. In the story, the Egyptians have captured and enslaved Aida, an Ethiopian princess. An Egyptian military commander, Radamès, struggles to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the King of Egypt.

“Nessun Dorma” (“Let No One Sleep”) is an aria from the final act of Puccini’s opera “Turandot” and one of the best-known tenor arias. It is sung by Calaf, who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. Any man who wishes to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles; if he fails, he will be beheaded. In the aria, Calaf expresses his triumphant assurance that he will win the princess.

“Lohengrin, WWV 75” is a Romantic opera in three acts that was first performed in 1850. The story of the eponymous character is taken from medieval German romance, notably the Parzival of Wolfram von Eschenbach, and its sequel Lohengrin, inspired by the epic of Garin le Loherain. It is part of the Knight of the Swan legend.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
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