- Date & Time
Thursday, March 02, 2017 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Join the UF Symphonic Band for a concert centered around the theme "Explorations" on March 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium.
The Concert will open with a brand-new composition from UF Alumnus Michael J. Miller entitled Explorations for Band, followed the SECPremiere of a Southeastern Conference Band Director's commission by Joel Puckett, entitled My Eyes are Full of Shadow, based on Edith Nesbit's Age to Youth poem regarding looking back on a moment of pain in the past and the inability to move on. The work is a deeply introspective example of using music to move beyond suffering. By contrast, the next work is an arrangement of the classic work based on the incredibly uplifting Martha Graham ballet, ‘Appalachian Spring,’ with Aaron Copland's setting of Variations on a Shaker Melody depicting the uplifting pursuit of a wonderfully simple life and the beauty of starting a new life together on a homestead. The first half of the concert will close with George Gershwin's musical representations of his visits to Cuba in the late 1920’s and ‘30’s in the presentation of his rendition of Cuban Overture for wind band.
The second half of the concert will begin with a tribute to the late Karel Husa, with his classic work Smetana Fanfare celebrating the work of famous Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, which uses excerpts from his 1859 tone poem The Wallenstein's Camp, which Smetana wrote while in exile from Prague. The listener’s will then journey to England, for a presentation of John Bourgeois’ arrangement of Davide Delle Cese’s classic march Inglesina, “The Little English Girl.” The following work is by a young music student from Ole Miss University. Without any programmatic meaning to the title, hydrogen jukebox presents an uplifting, energetic look at boundless energy and the explorations of jazz melodies, riffs and rhythms using a large symphonic band. The concert will close with a salute to the end of the circus as we know it, with the Karl King classic, Barnum and Bailiey's Favorite circus march.
There will be a reception immediately following the concert in the Friends of Music Room on the second floor of the auditorium, sponsored by the UF Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, the national band sorority.
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