The Music Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the IUP Symphony Band, under the direction of Jason Worzbyt, and the IUP Jazz Band, under the direction of Keith Young, in a joint concert. The program will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center.
The IUP Symphony Band will begin the evening’s performance with “Divertimento for Band” by Vincent Persichetti. Persichetti was a native of Philadelphia and a faculty member at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York.
Graduate music student Adam Hilkert will conduct “Wild Blue Yonder” by James Barnes, which was composed to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. The Symphony Band will also present the world premiere of “Chorale Prelude on ‘Beach Spring’” by IUP faculty member and director of band studies Jack Stamp. They will conclude their portion of the program with “Exultate,” by Pittsburgh native Samuel Hazo.
The IUP Jazz Band will open their segment with George Gershwin’s classic “Strike Up the Band,” as arranged by former Count Basie Orchestra arranger Sammy Nestico. Their program will also include the beautiful ballad “Consummation,” composed and arranged by Thad Jones. This piece will include additional instrumentalists from the Symphony Band.
The concert will close with a big band arrangement “5-5-7,” an intricate composition by jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. The Jazz Band will also perform a “take-off” of Benny Goodman’s classic “Sing, Sing, Sing” composed by the contemporary big band leader Gordon Goodwin.
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