Music Department to Host World-Renowned Composer Frank Ticheli

Posted on 11/4/2010 10:53:56 AM

TicheliThe Department of Music will present “The Music of Frank Ticheli” on Sunday, November 14, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature Ticheli as guest conductor and performances of his music by all three IUP concert bands, the IUP Chamber Singers, and the University Chorus.

IUP will also host two area high school bands on campus for clinics with Ticheli, who will also visit the Indiana Area High School to work with their wind ensemble and symphonic band.

Dr. Ticheli's music has been described as being “optimistic and thoughtful” (Los Angeles Times), “lean and muscular” (New York Times), “brilliantly effective” (Miami Herald), and “powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel).

Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. His orchestral and choral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe.

The IUP Chorus will open the program with “Let There Be Rest” before the IUP Symphony Band takes the stage and performs “Nitro,” a recent composition titled “San Antonio Dances,” and “Vesuvius.” The IUP Concert Band will close the first half of the program with “Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs,” “Amen!,” and the very popular “Cajun Folk Songs.”

The second half of the program features the choral work “Earth Song,” performed by the IUP Chamber Singers, and concludes with three works performed by the IUP Wind Ensemble: “Postcard,” “Angels in the Architecture,” and “Blue Shades.”

Ticheli, born in 1958, joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world.

Ticheli is the winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest for his Symphony No. 2 and was named by the American School Band Directors Association as the 2009 recipient of the A. Austin Harding Award, bestowed to individuals ”who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America.”

Ticheli received his doctoral and master’s degrees in composition from the University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Klavier, Koch International, and Mark Records.

Tickets for the concert are available now at the Hadley Union Building box office. Tickets will also be available at the door starting at 1:00 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