Concert Tonight

Hey all! Just a quick announcement that tonight, I will be performing with the Frost Wind Ensemble in my final concert of the school year. The program will include:

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – Bach/Arr. Hunsberger
Serenade for Winds – Strauss
Fantasy for Winds (Bedtime Stories) – Lindsay *World Premiere*
Symphony in B-flat – Hindemith

I am playing on the Bach, and Lindsay pieces, which will be conducted by Gary Green, Director of Bands at the University of Miami. I will also be playing on the Hindemith, under the baton of Jamie L. Nix, a DMA Candidate in Instrumental Conducting. Jamie conducted the Hindimeth and Strauss works this past Sunday in his recital, along with works by Bernstein, Lauridsen and Ives. I am looking forward to performing the Hindemith again tonight!

The concert will start at 8pm in Gusman Hall on the University of Miami campus. If you are not in Miami, you can tune in starting at 7:30pm to a live audio stream from the concert hall by visiting the concert’s page on the University of Miami Calendar. I hope you enjoy the show; please feel free to leave any feedback you have if you get to listen!

Wind Ensemble Concert

Just a quick reminder from an earlier post that the Frost Wind Ensemble has a concert tonight at 8 pm in Gusman Concert Hall. Admission is free if you’re in the Miami area, and if you’re not, you can listen to the concert live via audio stream here (hopefully the equipment will be working this time-sorry to those of you who tried to listen in to the Symphonic Winds concert last week). The program will be conducted almost entirely by Thomas Sleeper (orchestra conductor, in lieu of Director of Bands Gary Green, who is on sabbatical) and will include:

Xi Wang – Music for Piano, Percussion, and Wind Ensemble
Simone Gomez, Cliff Sutton-Percussion; Marina Radiushina-Piano

Sweelinck-Variations on “Mein junges Leben hat ein End” arr. Rciker
Lauren Denney Wright-Conductor

Stinson-Cog (World Premiere)

Sleeper-Concerto for Trumpet
Craig Morris-Trumpet

While the Xi Wang is the only piece I will be performing on, this entire concert is going to be an incredible experience, so I would urge anyone who can to listen in and enjoy a night of fantastic music! As an added bonus, three of the four composers on this program (Xi Wang, Scott Stinson, Thom Sleeper) will be in attendance at the concert! Hope to see you there!

Frost Wind Ensemble

Greek Concert Weekend

I had the opportunity this weekend to participate in two concerts organized by the fraternities and sororities on campus. On Friday night, the three music organizations (the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha, the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota, and the brothers and sisters of Tau Beta Sigma) performed in the first annual joint-concert between the three organizations. A joint-concert has been attempted before, and talked about many times, but finally thanks to the organization and dedication of some members of each organization, the three groups finally combined to do a concert, which included solo vocal acts, a trumpet sextet, larger vocal ensembles, a few low brass solo acts, and a jazz band.

The jazz band was comprised of mostly members of Tau Beta Sigma (the co-ed honorary service sorority that I am a part of), and is a very similar group to the one that I organized for TBS’s Fall Showcase. We performed a jazz ballad version of the traditional Irish song “Danny Boy.” The Paul Clark arrangement came off really well, and everyone seemed to enjoy it! I also had the opportunity to perform with the trumpet sextet, who played the Star Spangled Banner and a short arrangement of Loch Lomond. For those of you on Facebook, you may be able to see a short video of Loch Lomond here. Finally, I performed the Tau Beta Sigma Loyalty Song with the brothers and sisters of TBS. All in all, the joint-concert went extremely well, and everyone who attended enjoyed the concert!

Conveniently enough, TBS’s 3rd Annual Spring Showcase was the following day! The TBS showcase, which was similar programatically to the joint-concert, included a solo tuba act, some vocal acts, the jazz band, and even a performance of Trumpet Voluntary on… you guessed it… a recorder! I performed in the jazz band again; we opened this concert with a shortened version of the “Family Guy” theme song, and performed another Paul Clark work, this time an original composition, entitled “Baby Drives a Fast Car.” We also performed the Loyalty Song at showcase. The showcase this spring was a part of a TBS initiative to help local boy scouts get their music merit badge, so in addition to being attended by family and friends of the sorority, we had 15 6th/7th-grade boy scouts at the concert!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the jazz band that performed this weekend. In addition to being a great opportunity to play jazz, this band has helped me get an opportunity to work on my rehearsal skills with jazz bands, and I appreciate the patience of each and every person in the band as I worked with them. The members of the jazz band included saxophones Frankie Pereda, Chris Walker (also a Membership Candidate for TBS), Jackie Kraus, and Jessica Kirsner, trombones Luke Cramer (a brother of PMA), Nicholas Heilman, Raquel Shifrin, and Marissa Wites, trumpets Rachel Hanusa, Chris Kumetz, and Kevin Mazzarella, and the rhythm section of Michael Heilman (drums), Dan Wager (bass), and Andrew DeVine (piano). Andrew also was the person behind the fantastic arrangement of the “Family Guy” theme song.

As I perform in all the formal end-of-semester concerts with the School of Music ensembles, it’s nice to take a step back every so often and perform in a more informal setting. The concerts this weekend were a great opportunity to do that, and I really enjoyed each and every act. Congratulations to those who performed, and thanks to all who attended!

Concert Season

It’s that time of year again! As the semester winds to a close, all of the ensembles that I have been rehearsing with for the past few months are preparing for their end-of-year concerts. I, personally, have 4 concerts in 3 weeks, and the madness kicks off tonight! I’ve provided below a list of the concerts I will be participating in, as well as dates, times, and locations (all locations are located at the University of Miami). If you’re not in the area, you can still listen in; all of the concerts have live audio streaming! The name of each ensemble is linked to the page at which you can listen to the streaming audio! Streaming starts 30 minutes prior to the concert time.

Frost University Band

Wednesday, April 15th – 8:00 pm – Gusman Concert Hall

Elective ensemble for non-music majors and music majors on secondary instruments. I play Timpani.
Featuring works by: Ticheli, Gossec, Vaughn Williams, de Meij, and Latham

Frost Symphonic Winds

Monday, April 20 – 8:00 pm – Gusman Concert Hall

The lower of two concert bands at UM; I am performing on three pieces in this concert.
Featuring works by: Schuman, Ogren, Ellerby, Daugherty, and Salfelder

Frost Wind Ensemble

Tuesday, April 28th – 8:00 pm – Gusman Concert Hall

The top concert band at UM. I’m performing on one piece-a triple concerto for piano and two percussionists.
Featuring music by: Xi Wang, Sweelinck, Sleeper, Stinson

Frost Woodwind Ensemble

Thursday, April 30th – 8:00 pm – Clarke Recital Hall

An ensemble of pirmarily woodwind players; I am performing on one piece which calls for some brass
Works TBA

If you are able to attend (or listen to) any of these concerts, I would be glad to hear your feedback! Please feel free to leave a comment on this post if you have any thoughts! Enjoy the concerts, and may the next few weeks find you relaxed as the semester winds to a close (for both you student-folk and teacher-folk!).

Wind Ensemble Concert

Tonight, the Frost Wind Ensemble will perform a concert at Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami. The concert will have special meaning to me, as it will be my first concert performing with the Wind Ensemble! The program will include:

“Slalom” by Carter Pann (Jamie Nix, conducting)
“March in F” by Beethoven/”Geschwindmarsch” by Paul Hindemith
“Octet for Wind Instruments” by Igor Stravinsky
“Music for Prague 1968” by Karel Husa

The final three pieces on the concert will be conducted by Shawn Vondran, an Instrumental Conducting graduate student in the Doctoral program here at UM. The concert also serves as his final conducting recital, as he is preparing to graduate in May. The concert can be listened to via a live, audio-only stream, starting at 7:30 pm, located here. The concert begins at 8 pm. For those of you who are on campus, please come check it out! It is sure to be a great show!