Wind Ensemble & Percussion Ensemble Performance

Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Bawcom Student Union, 3020 McLane Great Hall

The UMHB Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Stephen Crawford, and the UMHB Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mr. Nils Landsberg, will be in concert Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:30PM in the McLane Great Hall in the Bawcom Student Union.

The Percussion Ensemble will be performing “Increments” by Simon Boyar; “Black Racer” by Brian Blume; “Tentacles” by John Willmarth; “Persistence” by Brian Blume; and “Dark Dances, No. 1” by John Allemeier. Percussion Ensemble comprises some of the finest percussion players from on campus and throughout Texas. Using the best percussion literature, the percussion ensemble strives to give each work an interpretation that best represents the composer's intent. Repertoire is selected to expose the performers to a wide range of musical languages, as well as a variety of technical, intellectual, and aesthetic challenges, enhancing the development student-artist. Parts are rotated from piece to piece, giving many players’ solo opportunities and all performers a diversity of experiences.

The Wind Ensemble will close the performance with works from composers Jess Turner, William Himes, Joel Puckett, Karel Husa, and Percy Grainger.  The program will open with Jess Turner’s energetic fanfare Through the Looking Glass and will be followed immediately by William Himes’ setting of the beautiful hymn tune Amazing Grace.  The Wind Ensemble will be joined by flutist Megan Landsberg to present Joel Puckett’s heart wrenching elegy, Knells for Bonnie.  Mrs. Landsberg is a private flute teacher for the UMHB Conservatory of Music and Midway ISD, and she is the co-organizer of the annual Central Texas Flute Festival.  Composer Karel Husa, passing in December of last year was an incredible loss for the wind band medium.  As a prolific composer for winds, Husa contributed over fourteen significant works for the medium and influenced many composers with his artistic writing.  The Wind Ensemble will present his musical portrait Cheetah in memoriam of the composer.  The program will close with Percy Grainger’s masterwork, Lincolnshire Posy.  This six movement work premiered eighty years ago as part of the 8th annual American Bandmasters Association Convention.  Based on sketches of folk songs that Grainger recorded with a cylindrical dictaphone around the area of Lincolnshire in 1905 and 1906, Grainger crafted his piece as musical portraits of the singers who performed for him.  Making every effort to capture every inflection and unique meter of the singers, Grainger created a piece is considered one of the greatest works for the wind band medium.

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