Wind Symphony Performing ‘Classical … and Not So Much!’

by News Bureau on Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

“Classical … and Not So Much!” will be performed by the Southeast Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

The concert, under the direction of Martin Reynolds, Southeast assistant professor of music, will feature the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and arranged for band by Earl Slocum; “First Suite in E♭,” by Gustav Holst; “Terpsichorean Dances,” by Jodie Blackshaw; “The Armies of the Omnipresent Otserf,” by David Holsinger; “Danza No. 2,” by Bruce Yurko; and “Roma,” by Valerie Coleman.

“The Marriage of Figaro” is a comic opera by Mozart written in 1786. The opera became one of Mozart’s most successful works; the overture is especially famous and is often played as a concert piece. Also, the opera’s overture is the song played by Willy Wonka for the musical lock to the candy room in the 1971 film, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” In the movie, the know-it-all, Mrs. Teevee, incorrectly mistakes it for a work by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

“First Suite in E♭” was written by Holst in 1909 as a piece for military band. It is a three-movement selection: “Chaconne,” “Intermezzo” and “March.”

“Terpsichorean Dances” was written by Blackshaw (after Michael Praetorius), based on a circa 1612 collection of 312 dances from the royal courts of France known as the Terpsichore, named for the Greek Muse of Dance. The music was not written by Praetorius but was notated and harmonized into three, four, five and sometimes six parts. The dance feel is certainly prominent in the setting by Blackshaw.

“The Armies of the Omnipresent Otserf” is the third movement of a trilogy of compositions commissioned by Robert Foster, then director of the University of Kansas band department for its three performing wind bands. The overall title, “A Fobarsti Tryptych,” is derived from portions of the surnames of the three conductors of those ensembles. The three movements are titled and sub-headed with anagrams (e.g. Otserf is Foster unscrambled). Each movement presents a musical image to the listener from the mythical Kingdom of Fobasti. With contemporary image-laden sounds, the juxtaposition of opposing music idioms, and vocal exploration by the ensemble members, the composer transports the audience to a world both past and future. 

“Danza No. 2” was commissioned by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Honors Band with Jack Stamp, conductor, for its 40th anniversary concert. It was commissioned by the Honors Band in memory of Matthew Hornick, a six-year (seventh through 12th grades) member of this ensemble. The commission stated that rather than an elegy, the composition should reflect Hornick’s energy and love of life.

A nation without a country is the way to describe the nomadic tribes known as gypsies, or as they are properly called, Romani. Their traditions, language (Roma), legends and music stretch across the globe from the Middle East to the Mediterranean region and from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. “Roma” is a tribute to that culture in five descriptive themes as told through the eyes and hearts of Romani women everywhere: “Romani Woman,” “Mystic,” “Youth,” “Trickster” and “History.” The melodies and rhythms are a fusion of styles and cultures: Malagueña of Spain, Argentine tango, Arabic music, Turkish folk music, 3-2 Latin claves and jazz.

The wind symphony is made up of 48 Southeast student-musicians who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The members largely consist of music majors and minors who are chosen by audition each semester.

Tickets

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.RiverCampusEvents.com.