Wind Ensemble, Community Band play Mar. 19
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Music Department presents Conductor Mark Eichner and the university's Wind Ensemble and Community Band in concert Tuesday, March 19. Featuring a wide variety of styles from composers Ingolf Dahl, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Wagner, Niccolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and others, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.
The Wind Ensemble begins the evening with Gordon Jacob's "Giles Farnaby Suite" followed by "New Dance" by composer Wallingford Riegger, and John Barnes Chance's energetic "Blue Lake Overture." The set concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dubinushka," which, Eichner explained, is "ceremonial music composed for the reopening of the St. Petersburg Conservatory after it was shut down for a year during the failed Russian revolution of 1905-06. The composer himself had been forced out of the conservatory after writing a letter to the editor supporting free speech and student rights."
The UW-Parkside Community Band, composed of adult musicians from throughout the region, performs what Eichner calls "one of the masterworks of the band repertoire" Ingolf Dahl's "Sinfonietta." Richard Rodney Bennett's "Farnham Festival Overture," "Trauersinfonie," a 19th century band piece written by Richard Wagner, and Henry Fillmore's march "Golden Friendships" complete the Community Band's set.
The two groups combine to close the concert with "Symphonic Songs" by Robert Russell Bennett. "Bennett was the Broadway orchestrator for Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, and Frederick Loewe. He was also a fine composer in his own right," Eichner stated.Admission to this evening of exceptional music is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, students, and UW-Parkside faculty and staff. For more information on this and future music events, visit www.uwp.edu/departments/music/ or call 262-595-2457.