Concerts at Hayes School of Music
New River Brass Quintet April 13
The Hayes School of Music’s Faculty Performance Series will present the New River Brass Quintet April 13 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.
The quintet members are James Stokes, trumpet; Brent Bingham, trumpet; Karen L. Robertson, horn; Drew C. Leslie, trombone; and Christopher J. Blaha, tuba. All are members of the Hayes School of Music faculty.
The program features “Scherzo” and “A Brass Menagerie” by John Cheetham, “Canzona Bergamasca” by Samuel Scheidt, “Three Norwegian Dances” by Mogens Andresen and “Escape” by Kevin McKee.
Appalachian Symphonic Band April 15
Kevin Gray Richardson and John Stanley Ross conduct the Appalachian Symphonic Band in an April 15 concert. The free performance begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.
Richardson will conduct Sir Malcolm Arnold’s “English Dances,” Karl King’s “The Trombone King,” Dana Wilson’s “SANG!” and Claude T. Smith’s “Joyance.”
Ross will conduct Percy Grainger’s “Australian Up-Country Tune.”
Wind ensemble, trumpeter Mitchell Townley perform April 16
The Appalachian Wind Ensemble and the 2014 Hayes School of Music concerto winner will perform April 16.
The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.
The program opens with “Commando March” by Samuel Barber. Written for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, the composition used an electronic instrument to imitate radio signals. The wind ensemble also will perform “Come, Sweet Death,” one of 69 sacred songs and airs attributed to J.S. Bach.
Trumpeter and concerto competition winner Mitchell Townley will join the wind ensemble for “Concerto for Trumpet and Winds” by Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian. Written in 1943, the composition includes melodies and rhythm that are characteristic of Armenian folk music.
Townley of Raleigh is a sophomore majoring in instrumental music education.
Other compositions on the program are “March Militaire Francaise” by Camille Saint Saens, “Fiesta Del Pacifico” by Roger Nixon, “Sabre and Spurs” by John Philip Sousa and “Feles Galactica for Winds, Percussion and Piano” by Scott Meister, a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty. The piece was commissioned in 1983 for the opening of Broyhill Music Center.