U of A Bands will hold the last concert of the fall season

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Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the U of A campus.

U of A Bands will present the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony at the second concert of the Fall 2022 semester at the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 21.

The Wind Symphony will perform four pieces. Percy Grainger’s “Spoon River”, conducted by graduate assistant Jason Reznicek, is a concert band arrangement of an American folk fiddle tune. John Mackey’s “Sheltering Sky,” conducted by assistant bands manager Chase Jones, evokes the spirit of folk music, even though the music is original to Mackey.

“Romanian Folk Songs” by Bela Bartok, conducted by Associate Bands Manager Jeffrey Summers, showcases the beauty of Eastern European folk songs. Jones will then lead the Wind Symphony finale with the Mediterranean-inspired piece “Opa!” by Julie Giroux.

After the Wind Symphony, the Wind Ensemble will open its concert with “Early Light” by Caroline Bremer, conducted by Jones.

“Bremer’s piece is based on his experiences growing up, going to baseball games and hearing the national anthem beforehand. As such, you hear many quotes from the anthem throughout the piece. “Jones said.

In the spirit of patriotism, the Ensemble à Vents will perform the “French Suite” by Darius Milhaud, under the direction of Summers.

“This piece is a collection of French folk songs that commemorate French and American soldiers who fought in World War II,” Summers said. “Each movement is based on a different part of France.”

Originally written as a string quartet, the Wind Ensemble will next perform “Nocturne” by Zhou Tian, ​​transcribed for orchestra by David Thornton. “‘Nocturne’ was inspired by the cold and isolation of winter,” Summers said.

The last performance of the evening will be “Fascinating Ribbons” by Joan Tower. The U of A was part of a consortium that commissioned this piece from Tower in 2001.

Admission to performances is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets can be purchased from the Faulkner Performing Arts Center.

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