Community music groups get under way
Community Band rehearsals open Sept. 6
Under the baton of conductor and Music Professor Mark Eichner, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Community Band, an ensemble created to give area adult musicians an outlet for their artistic expression, begins weekly rehearsals Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. The Community Band has an ambitious schedule of four concerts which makes participation in rehearsals extremely important.
"Over the years, the band has set high performance standards for itself," Eichner stated. "To meet those expectations, a commitment to practice is required."
No audition is needed. Fall concert dates are Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Dec 7. Two more concerts are scheduled for spring 2013.
The Community Band's repertoire includes traditional band music as well as baroque and classical pieces, marches, theater music, and contemporary selections. Eichner sees the band as a way to bring talented and diverse musicians together for the sheer enjoyment of playing.
"We perform quality music from all style periods simply for the pleasure and satisfaction of music-making," he said.
Rehearsals are held in the university's Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities every Thursday from 7 to 9:15 p.m. All performances take place in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall.
Musicians can participate on a no-fee, no-credit basis. University credit is available through MUS 102.007. For more information, call Eichner at 262-595-2438.
Master Singers hold auditions Sept. 10
UW-Parkside Master Singers, a vocal group composed of community members, holds auditions for the fall concert season Monday, Sept.10, starting at 6 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcomed. Led by UW-Parkside Music Professor Dr. James B. Kinchen Jr., the auditions are held in the Choral Rehearsal Room on the first floor of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Opening rehearsal follows at 7 p.m.
Performing with the UW-Parkside Symphony, Master Singers present Beethoven's immortal "Ode to Joy," the finale to his Ninth Symphony, on Saturday, Dec. 1, and the Nguzo Saba Suite by Glenn Edward Burleigh during concerts on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 2 and 3. The suite, which was written on commission for and premiered at UW-Parkside in 1994, was an immediate hit and has proved to be a favorite of audiences each time it is performed.
All performances take place in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall.
"Those who plan to audition should be prepared to thoroughly enjoy this vocal experience," Kinchen added. For more information, call 262-595-2111.