Wind and Jazz Ensembles Share Stage Sunday in Fisher

Posted on 11/10/2009 9:36:22 AM
Student Brass and Winds

The Department of Music will present the IUP Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble as they share the stage this Sunday, November 15, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. They will perform their annual Fall concert in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jack Stamp, will feature the world premiere of IUP alumnus’ Michael Barnett’s “The Hot Winds of Death.” The ensemble will also perform Christopher Marshall’s “Emily Dickinson Suite,” based on nine poems by the famous poet. Marshall, composer-in-residence at the University of Central Florida, will be in attendance; and theater major Veronica Wilt will portray Emily Dickinson.

The Wind Ensemble concludes the first half of the concert with Philip Sparke’s “Manhattan.” Faculty member Kevin Eisensmith, trumpet, will be the featured soloist. Following his performance, Eisensmith will then lead the IUP Jazz Ensemble on the second half of the program.

The Jazz Ensemble will begin with “Back Home Again in Indiana,” arranged by IUP alumnus W. Roy Mitchell. They will also perform Mark Taylor’s “Granada Smoothie” and “Don’t Feed the Animals” by Mike Pendowski.

As a tribute to trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who passed away in December 2008, the ensemble will perform his “Red Clay.” The concert will conclude with an arrangement of “Joy Spring.” The work was written by John Morris, who wrote and arranged many works for The Mellowmen—the original name of the IUP Jazz Ensemble—during his career at IUP.

Admission is free. For more information, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail