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02-02-2006


University Symphonic Band to Present First Concert of Season

 


UC band students are ready to perform.

Williamsburg, KY - The University of the Cumberlands Symphonic Band will present its first concert of the season, "Traditions," at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, in the recital hall of the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center.

UC Director of Bands Todd E. Hill will lead the group in a fifty minute program of selected works reflecting the varied traditions influencing wind and percussion ensembles in the United States. The forty-four member ensemble is drawn from students of all academic disciplines across the campus.

The concert will open with John Philip Sousa's march taken from selections in his operetta El Capitan. Sousa's importance to the American band movement is impossible to overestimate and is still felt to this day. Next on the program will be British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams' English Folk Song Suite, one of the first extended concert pieces written expressly for band. A new setting of the African-American spiritual "My Lord What a Morning," titled "When the Stars Began to Fall" and arranged by Fred Allen, will feature the lyrical capabilities as well as the varied timbres of the modern concert band. American composer Charles Carter's landmark 1957 composition for band "Symphonic Overture" will close the first half of the program.

After a brief intermission, the band will open the second half of the concert with Edwin E. Bagley's famous National Emblem March, presently celebrating its 100th anniversary. The late Frederick Fennell stated this composition was "as perfect as a march can be." "Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon," by Australian pianist-composer Percy Aldridge Grainger, was based upon a Scottish folk melody setting to music the poem by Robert Burns and was written in 1908. British composer Sir Malcolm Arnold has been called "the most underrated composer in the world," and his "Prelude Siciliano and Rondo" is a sparkling example of his melodic gift and wit and was arranged for band by John P. Paynter. The concert will close with "Flashing Winds," a recent composition by the leading Dutch band composer Jan Van der Roost. The number features all the sections of the band and mixes tonalities and meters in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of sound.

Admission is free. For more information about the exhibit, contact the Music Department at 606-539-4332.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for adults.