April 17 Concert to Feature World Premiere of Composer's Piece Dedicated to WSC
Published: 4-3-2012 1:55 pm
The Wayne State Department of Music will present a concert of band music at 7:30 p.m. April 17 in Ramsey Theater. The concert will feature a variety of literature, including a world premiere composition and works for wind band and organ.
In a joint effort between Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary band fraternity) and the WSC Wind Ensemble, a work has been commissioned by "up and coming" composer Jack Hughes. Hughes is a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music and already has received national recognition for his compositions. Movements for Wind Ensemble was composed in the summer of 2011 and dedicated to Wayne State College. It will receive its first performance on this concert with the composer present to introduce it.
The Symphonic Band will open the concert and will be performing: Orion, by Jan van der Roost; Ravensgate, by Carl Strommen; Greensleeves, arranged by Alfred Reed; and The Light Eternal by James Swearingen. This portion of the concert will be conducted by Joshua Calkin with graduate student Sarah Kesting.
The Wind Ensemble will follow the Symphonic Band performance with Intrada: 1631 by Stephen Montague, the first of two works to feature the organ. This impressive composition is based on a Renaissance theme and features the brass and percussion sections of the band. This will be followed by Nancy Galbraith's, With Brightness Round About It; a work involving minimalist compositional techniques and based on a passage from Ezekiel. This will be followed by the comments by Jack Hughes and the first performance of his work. Alleluia Laudemus Te, by Alfred Reed, also featuring organ, will follow and the concert will conclude with a spanish march entitled Sol y Sombra (Sun and Shade).
The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will be provided by Kappa Kappa Psi.
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