In Concert: Brass, Woodwind, String & Piano EnsemblesNovember 12, 2009
SUU instrumental ensembles will give concerts featuring music written for specific instrumental sections. The Woodwind and Brass ensembles will perform on Monday, November 16, 2009, and the String and Piano ensembles will perform on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Both performances will take place in Thorley Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the events is free, and the public is invited to attend.
The Brass Ensemble will perform on Monday, November 16, 2009, under the direction of Dr. Mark Stickney, director of bands at SUU. The Brass Ensemble will be comprised of 10 students and will include trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. The Brass Ensemble will be premiering a piece written for Dr. Stickney called “Tiamat,” by Amy Scurria, a composer at Duke University. They will also perform “Australian Up Country Tune,” by Percy Grainger, “Three Preludes,” by George Gershwin and “Ceremonial Fanfare,” by Aaron Copland.
Following the Brass Ensemble, The Woodwind Ensemble will also perform on Monday, November 16, 2009, and will be directed by Dr. Virginia Stitt, professor of music and double reeds at SUU. The Woodwind Ensemble performance will feature two woodwind quintet pieces. One quintet will perform Sir Malcolm Arnold’s “Woodwind Quintet.” The other quintet will perform selections by composers Barthe and Colomer. In addition to the woodwind quintets, the Woodwind Ensemble will present a bassoon trio and a flute quintet.
The Piano Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, under the direction of Dr. Kirill Gliadkovsky, assistant professor of piano at SUU. “Three Dances for Piano Duet,” written by SUU student Randy Dulaney will be featured, as well as a duet for two pianos and four hands, “March,” from the opera, “The Love for Three Oranges,” by Sergei Prokofiev. Another selection to be performed by the piano ensemble is a piece for two pianos and eight hands called “Champagne Toccata,” by William Gillock. The Piano Ensemble will collaborate with the String Ensemble to perform “Quintet in C Major,” by Dmitri Bortniansky, which is written for violin, viola, cello, harp and piano.
Also on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, the String Ensemble will perform under the direction of Professor Xun Sun, director of orchestral activities at SUU. In addition to collaborating with the Piano Ensemble for the Bortniansky quintet, the String Ensemble will be performing Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” This piece features four movements which are named after the seasons, “Spring,” “Summer,” “Autumn,” and “Winter.”