FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 13, 2007
CONTACT: Tim Musselman, 615-898-2493
MTSU WIND ENSEMBLE OPENS 2007-08 PERFORMANCE SEASON SEPT. 21
Free and Open Concert Will Feature Traditional and New Works for Wind Band
(MURFREESBORO)—The MTSU Wind Ensemble will open its 2007-08 season with a combination of standard wind band repertoire and new works in a free and open concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus.
The concert will begin with David Dzubay's Ra! Dr. Reed Thomas, director of the group, said the Egyptian sun god inspired the piece. The work features four themes of various colors and timbres, he explained, and each is performed four times at varying lengths mathematically organized into 1-to-4 ratios.
Next, the players will present the traditionally themed Suite Francais by Milhaud, a five- movement work wherein each movement depicts a French Provence.
"The overall work is dedicated to the children of United States and as a 'thank you' for the U.S. involvement in the liberation of France during WWII," Thomas said.
The world premiere of Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble by Robert Bradshaw will be next on the program. Dr. Michael Arndt, professor of trumpet at MTSU, will perform the work with the wind ensemble.
Rounding out the program will be Samuel Hazo's Ride, a fast piece based on an energetic car ride the composer had on some unknown country roads in Ohio.
The MTSU Wind Ensemble is the premier performing ensemble for wind, brass, and percussion students at the university. Members are selected through audition each semester and comprise the best musicians at MTSU.
For more information on this and other events in the McLean School of music, please call 615-898-2493 or visit www.mtsumusic.com.