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IUP Bands Set for Annual Homecoming Concert

The Department of Music will present its annual Homecoming Concert on Sunday, October 10, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. The concert will feature all three IUP concert bands, a world premiere, and three music faculty members as soloists. It will be presented in Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center.

The Symphony Band will open the program with Vincent Persichetti’s “Psalm for Band.” It will also perform “Variations on a Theme of Glinka” for oboe and military band, which will feature Stephanie Caulder as oboist. The band will conclude with the “Praetorius Suite” by Jan Bach.

The Concert Band will begin with Howard Hanson’s “Chorale and Alleluia,” a staple of the concert band repertoire, which was written in 1954. Jason Worzbyt, professor of bassoon and associate director of bands, will be the featured soloist performing Burrill Phillips’ “Concert Piece” for bassoon and wind band. The band will close with British composer Philip Sparke’s delightful “A Yorkshire Overture.”

The Wind Ensemble will open its portion of the concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Toccata Marziale.” The work was composed in 1924 for the British Empire Exhibition. It is considered one of the cornerstones of concert band literature. The work to follow is by American composer Clark McAlister, titled “This is the Day: Russian Easter Music.” McAlister, vice president and editor-in-chief of Edwin F. Kalmus Music Co., based this work on Russian Orthodox liturgical materials.

The highlight of the Wind Ensemble’s performance will be the world premiere of Eric Ewazen’s “On Wings of Song: Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble.” The work was commissioned by IUP’s flute professor, Therese Wacker. The work is cast in four movements: 1. Over Distant, Murmuring Waves; 2. Under Serene Moonlight; 3. All Earthly Cares Entwining; 4. Shall Fade Away in Dreams. The composer will be in attendance.

The Wind Ensemble concludes with Steven Bryant’s “Stampede,” written for the Calgary Stampede in Canada. The work combines stylistic elements from Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” and John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.”

Tickets for the concert are available now at the Hadley Union Building box office. Tickets will also be available at the door starting at 2:00 p.m. the day of the concert. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students and I-card holders.

For more information, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

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