Annual Homecoming Concert Features American and British Music for Brass

Posted on 9/30/2009 12:12:32 PM
Student Brass and Winds

The IUP Bands will kick off the Sound Choices series, presented by The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and produced by the Department of Music, with the Annual Homecoming Concert. The performance, featuring the IUP Concert Band, Symphony Band, and Wind Ensemble, will be presented on Sunday, October 11, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center. Under the direction of Jack Stamp, the concert also features the HoodleBug Brass, a faculty quintet in residence at IUP.

The Concert Band will open with a performance of Gustav Holst’s classic “Second Suite in F.” The four-movement work includes the popular British folksong “Greensleeves.”

Following in the British tradition, the Wind Ensemble will perform the recently rediscovered “Vanity Fair” by Percy Fletcher. The work, originally published in 1924, went out of print and was virtually ignored for the second half of the twentieth century. Brant Karrick created a new edition of the work in 2006 so that current bands could enjoy this original work from the early twentieth century.

The Wind Ensemble continues with Walter Hartley’s “Sinfonia No. 9,” written during the first Gulf War, reflecting the composer’s reaction to that war. Hartley, a long-time professor of music at SUNY at Fredonia, has been quite prolific for band, his “Concerto for 23” and “Sinfonia #4” considered classics in the wind band repertoire.

The Wind Ensemble will close the first half with the world premiere of Jim Self’s “Tour de Force.” Self is a 1965 graduate of IUP and a Distinguished Alumnus. Currently a professor of tuba at the University of Southern California, Self is actively involved as a studio musician in Los Angeles, most infamously performing as the “mother ship” in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The second half features the IUP Symphony Band, opening with Paul Creston’s work from the 1950s titled “Celebration Overture.” Creston, known for his solo saxophone and marimba works, penned less than a dozen works for band, with this lively overture being his most popular.

The concert finale, performed with the HoodleBug Brass, will be selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass,” transcribed by Mike Sweeney. Bernstein originally wrote the work for the opening of the Kennedy Ceanter for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This version, brilliant scored for solo quintet and band, captures the essence of one of Bernstein’s most celebrated works.

Tickets for the Homecoming Concert are available now at the Hadley Union Building Ticket Office on the IUP campus or on-line at Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. Tickets are $9 for regular admission, $8 for students and children, and $6 for seniors (62 and older) and groups of fifteen or more. For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail