Universities team up for free instrumental music concert

The UW-Fond du Lac and Marian University Music Departments will host a free concert of instrumental music at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Prairie Theater at UW-Fond du Lac, 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac.

The concert will feature two groups which include students from both universities - the Collegiate Wind Ensemble and the Percussion Ensemble.

Dr. Brian Lydeen, associate professor of music at Marian University and lecturer at UW-Fond du Lac, directs the Collegiate Wind Ensemble. Scott Elford, adjunct instructor of percussion at Marian University, directs the Percussion Ensemble.

The Collegiate Wind Ensemble portion of the program will consist of two marches, “Amarito Roca,” a Spanish March composed by Jamie Texidor and an early work by American composer Charles Ives entitled “Marche Intercollegiate.” Composer Ayatey Shabazz’ work “From the Eye of the Storm” writ- ten to commemorate Hurricane Katrina will also be included to observe the 10th anniversary of Katrina. Additional composers and works featured are Leonard Bernstein’s “Wrong Note Rag” from the Broadway show “Wonderful Town,” select movements from Ron Nelson’s suite “Courtly Airs and Dances,” and William Schuman’s “Chester Overture for Band.”

The two groups will collaborate on a joint piece for percussion ensemble and wind ensemble called “Stormbreak” by composer Jim Casella. The percussion ensemble will also perform “March Time” by David Eyler, “Suite No. 1 for percussion ensemble by Fred Emory, and two “holiday” selections from “Season’s Beatings” by Jesse Mattson, “Deck the Halls” and “Slay Ride.”

For more information or driving directions visit the website at www.fdl.uwc.edu or call UWFond du Lac at (920) 929-1100


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