UW-P bands feature Copland, Dello Joio May 2
The Wind Ensemble and Community Band of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside present a joint concert Thursday, May 2, starting at 7:30 p.m. on the campus at 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha. Under the baton of Music Professor and conductor Mark Eichner, the groups perform selections from Pulitzer Prize-winner composer Norman Dello Joio, Denmark's Soren Hyldgaard, and Aaron Copland. The concert takes place in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall of the Rita Tallent Picket Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.
"The Wind Ensemble features music from Aaron Copland's government-sponsored travels to Cuba in the 1940's," Eichner said. "Copland observed and recorded many melodic and rhythmic fragments that inspired the entirely original themes heard in 'Danzon Cubano."
Dello Joio's "Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn" and two small scale works, "Northern Lament" and "Serenade" by Derek Bougeois, complete the Wind Ensemble's portion of the program.
The Community Band, which draws its musician members from area communities, performs Russian composer Boris Kozhevnikov's Symphony No. 3. Eichner described this selection as a "product of the cold war era. The large scale band symphony reveals a musical cultural largely unaffected by modern compositional techniques and recalls the scope and style of Tchaikovsky," Hyldgaard's "Hans Christian Andersen Suite," a homage to the adventures and stories of the Danish poet and storyteller.
The grand finale brings the ensemble and band together for the soaring "Chorale and Alleluia" by Howard Hanson. Hanson is a former director of the Eastman School of Music and conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Admission for this evening with UW-Parkside's Wind Ensemble and Community Band is $8 for adults and $6 for students, faculty, and staff.
This is the first of five major spring concert performances on campus. The UW-Parkside Choirs, led by Dr. James Kinchen, present concerts May 5 and May 12 with both beginning at 3:30 p.m. The UW-Parkside Jazz Ensemble plays May 9, at 7:30 p.m., and the university's Symphony and Community Orchestra are in concert May 11, at 7:30 p.m.For more information about the concerts and the Music Department, call 262-595-2457.