From Brass to Voice to Orchestra: Student and Faculty Musicians Perform in March

Friday, February 20 2009

Feb. 20, 2009

Written by Tania Thompson

MOSCOW, Idaho – Faculty and student musicians from the University of Idaho present four concerts during March. The performance ensembles include the university’s Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Chorus, Vandaleer Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Northwest Wind Quintet and Idaho Brass Quintet. The musical offerings include works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninov, Francois Devienne and Gustav Holst. 

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.
The University of Idaho Concert Band, directed by Torrey Lawrence, associate professor of tuba, will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Flourish for Wind Band”; a movement from Gordon Jacob’s “William Byrd Suite”; Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in E-flat Major”; and two folk song arrangements by Percy Grainger: “Shepherd’s Hey” and “Irish Tune from County Derry.”

“Australian-born composer Percy Grainger collected folk songs during his extensive travels, which included time in Great Britain. These two pieces we’ll perform are among his best known and popular arrangements,” said Lawrence. “These are essential pieces for our students to know and experience, but they also are sure to be audience favorites.”

The University of Idaho Wind Ensemble, directed by Alan Gemberling, associate professor of trombone, will perform a program highlighting local talent. Moscow native and trumpeter Brian Chin will perform the premier arrangement of a concerto by University of Idaho Professor Daniel Bukvich for wind ensemble and trumpet. The concert also will feature an arrangement by former Moscow resident Warren Bellis of music from Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen.” Other works include Malcolm Arnold's "Four Scottish Dances" and Timothy Mahr's "Fantasia in G-Major," based on Beethoven’s "Ode to Joy" from the “Symphony No. 9.”

The performance is in the University Auditorium, Administration Building, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow.

Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. University Chorus and University Vandaleer Concert Choir.
The University of Idaho Chorus and Vandaleer Concert Choir perform under the direction of Michael Murphy, assistant professor of music. The program is titled, “War and Peace: A meditative concert on the human cost of war and the hope for peace.”

The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, Thomas Tomkins, Herbert Howells and Jean Langlais, along with contemporary works by Frank Ticheli, Ned Rorem and Jeffrey Van.

"The music represented on this concert transcends political affiliations and seeks to inspire each of us to rediscover our humanity, to seek peace not conflict," said Murphy. "It is a clarion call to embrace peace, not war and conflict – not only abroad, but in our own communities and within ourselves.”

Murphy said the idea for the concert initially grew from a desire to have a public performance of Minnesota composer Jeffrey Van's setting of four Civil War poems by Walt Whitman. The work is scored for choir and solo guitar.

"It is rhythmically and harmonically challenging, with a demanding guitar part, and quickly is becoming an important stalwart of college-level choral repertoire," said Murphy. "Overall, the repertoire chosen for this concert will at times make the audience tense, uncomfortable and unsettled, like war itself; and at other times, a relaxation and calm indicative of peace. In the end, I want the audience come away from this concert never forgetting the high cost of conflict and war, and – while we have breath left in our bodies – never satisfied until we have peace.”

The performance is in the University Auditorium, Administration Building, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow.

Wednesday, March 11, Northwest Wind Quintet and Idaho Brass Quintet.
Faculty members from the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music are active performers. This concert features performances by the Northwest Wind Quintet and the Idaho Brass Quintet.

The program includes “17 Variations, Op. 22” by Jean-Michel Damase and “Quintet, Op. 52” by Theodor Blumer.

“There is a worldwide revival of music by German composer Blumer,” said Leonard Garrison, assistant professor of flute and member of the Northwest Wind Quintet. “Blumer’s ‘Quintet’ is a little-known masterpiece in a late Romantic style reminiscent of Richard Strauss. Damase’s set of ‘Variations’ to showcases the virtuosity of French wind players and has a lighthearted manner full of sardonic wit.”

The Northwest Wind Quintet has been in residence at the University of Idaho since 1967, and presents numerous concerts and clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest. Its members are full-time faculty in the Lionel Hampton School of Music: Leonard Garrison, flute; Carol Padgham Albrecht, oboe; Roger Cole, clarinet; Robert Dickow, horn; and Susan Hess, bassoon.

The Idaho Brass Quintet members are full-time faculty members in the Lionel Hampton School of Music. For this concert, the performers number six: Vern Sielert, Gary Gemberling and Tina Anderson, trumpet; Robert Dickow, horn; Alan Gemberling, trombone; and Torrey Lawrence, tuba.

This performance is part of the university’s Faculty Artist Series and takes place in the Recital Hall of the Lionel Hampton School of Music, 1010 Blake Ave. in Moscow.

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. Symphony Orchestra
The University of Idaho Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ferenc Cseszko, associate professor of violin and viola. The gala concert features the winners of the university’s concerto and aria competition, held last November and December.

The program features Johannes Brahms’ “Tragic Overture”; Johann Strauss Jr.’s overture to “Die Fledermaus”; the ‘allegro’ movement from Francois Devienne’s “Flute Concerto No. 7 in E-minor” with soloist Alheli Pimienta; William Kraft’s “Timpani Concerto,” with soloist Zach Freeman; and the ‘allegro scherzando’ movement from Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C-minor, Op. 18,” with soloist Chad Spears.

The performance is in the University Auditorium, Administration Building, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow.

Tickets for each performance are $5 general admission and $3 students and senior citizens, and available at the door. For more information, call (208) 885-6231.
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