Concerts Feb. 18 & 22 at ASU School of Music

Article Published: Feb. 11, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble perform Feb. 18

Fanfares, marches and symphonic works are showcased during a Feb. 18 concert at Appalachian State University. The Hayes School of Music's Appalachian Symphonic Band and the Appalachian Wind Ensemble perform in Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall. The program begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The Appalachian Symphonic Band is conducted by Dr. Scott C. Tobias. Their program includes Andrew Boysen Jr.'s "Kirkpatrick Fanfare," Percy Grainger's "Gum-Suckers March," Jan Van der Roost's "Canterbury Chorale" and Samuel R. Hazo's "Arabesque."

The Appalachian Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. John Stanley Ross. Their program includes the premier of William G. Harbinson's "Concerto for Trumpet and Winds" with soloist James Stokes.

Harbinson's composition is described as a "tour de force" for trumpet that explores the full range, technique and expressive capabilities of the instrument and places considerable demands on the accompanying ensemble.

The concerto is composed of three movements that share related thematic and harmonic content. The first movement is built of three contrasting passages that are at times bold, dance-like and lyrical. The second movement with its lyrical, serene and introspective mood stands in contrast to the outer movements. The third movement is a rousing dance that utilizes Latin-based rhythms and incorporates jazz influences.

The wind ensemble also will perform Gustav Holst's "First Suite in E flat for Military Band," Grainger's "Irish Tune from County Derry," two movements from Schubert's "Little Symphony for Winds" and "Fest Marsch" from Wagner's "Tannhauser."

Student composers recital held Feb. 22

Student composers from Appalachian State University's Hayes School of Music will perform their work Feb. 22 in Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall. The program begins at 8 p.m.
The program ranges from compositions for voice, to works for bassoons, strings and trombone.
Pianist William Watson will perform "Aardvark on Unicycle" with flutist Johanna Albrecht and violist David Hunt.

Watson also will perform "A Brief History on the Word 'Pants' for Theremin and Spoken Word" with vocalist Nathan Brown. Watson will play the theremin, a type of electronic instrument used to manipulate sound waves.

Pianist Brittany Dunton will perform "Detrusion" with violinist Chelsea Whittaker and guitarist Brian Hodges. Tenor Nathan Brown will perform "Ode to a Dream" accompanied by pianist William Watson and trombonists Kris Bifulco and Greg Brown.

Violist David Hunt will perform two of his compositions - "Two Idylls" and "Lachrymae." His accompanist is Elizabeth Salter on piano and harpsichord. Jonathan Carter's "Eine Erzaehlung" will be performed by bassoonists Sarah Jett, Sean Gallagher, Kelly Frost and Anna Fitzgerald.
The program concludes with Duncan Boatright's "Ilea Euros Ye for Double Second Steel Pan and String Orchestra."

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