UJ Wind Ensemble concert is Sunday
On Sunday, the University of Jamestown Wind Ensemble will present its semester concert at 2 p.m. in the DeNault Auditorium at the Reiland Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.In addition to the performance, the band will b...
On Sunday, the University of Jamestown Wind Ensemble will present its semester concert at 2 p.m. in the DeNault Auditorium at the Reiland Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
In addition to the performance, the band will be sponsoring a silent auction from 1 to 2 p.m. and a half hour after the concert. Funds raised will be used to fund the band performance tour of Scotland and Ireland in May 2016.
The concert will be in three sections. The first set will be a tribute to the ensemble’s overseas tour. After a march, Percy Grainger’s arrangement of “O Danny Boy” pays tribute to the group’s time in Ireland. The band will perform in Belfast and Dublin. After, a British folk tune, “A Scottish Ballade,” features the Scottish folk song “Annie Laurie.” The band will spend time in Edinburgh and perform in St. Andrews.
The second part of the program is dedicated to Christmas. Community member and music professor Tom Geffre has arranged the classic French carol, “Il est ne, le divin enfant” for percussion ensemble. Afterward, the band will play the classic “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed. The ancient Russian carol “Carol of the Little Russian Children” and some themes borrowed from the Eastern Orthodox Church are planned.
The final part of the program will feature mostly new music. Laura Zamzow-Lynch has arranged an early Baroque instrumental piece titled “Intrada” which means entrance. It features compositional techniques of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Eric Whitacre is a famous contemporary composer and is possibly more well-known for his choral works. His first original work for band is titled “October” and represents the fall season.
Finally, a new piece will close the concert: “Joy of Life.” It is mostly fast-paced but also features an original chorale melody that the composer overlays with the Navy hymn, ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save.’