FSU Wind Ensemble and FSU Chamber Singers to Perform Concert

March 3, 2017

As part of Honor Band Festival weekend at Frostburg State University, the FSU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Philip Klickman, and the FSU Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. James Reddan, will present a recital on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Performing Arts Center.The Wind Ensemble will perform the following works: One of John Philip Sousa's lesser-known gems, "The Lambs' March" is an intriguing march whose refreshing melody is tuneful and infectious. The energetic piece, "Appalachian Overture" by James Barnes, is based on folk-like melodies. The gorgeous "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Faure is arranged by Larry Daehn.Four of America's greatest hymn tunes are presented in the masterful four-movement suite, "American Hymnsong Suite" by Dwayne Milburn. "Prelude on Wondrous Love" opens with a chant-like statement in the euphoniums before proceeding to an energetic setting, "Ballad on Balm in Gilead" features a rich jazz harmonization of this familiar spiritual and "Scherzo on Nettleton" ("Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing") provides rhythmic playfulness throughout. The piece concludes with "March on Wilson (When We All Get to Heaven)," which features many textures and contemporary harmonies."Dancing Day" by Jim Colonna is an exciting celebratory work for symphonic band. The driving dance movement occurs from the opening measures and continues through to the end. An extraordinary array of sonorities are explored throughout, giving listeners a contemporary, yet highly enjoyable, piece of symphonic band repertoire.Among the selections that the Chamber Singers will perform a cappella are the following: The timeless spiritual, "Ain'-a That Good News," arranged by William Dawson, captures the true authenticity of the Black American musical heritage. Claude Debussy's "Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!" ("God! but She Is Fair!") from "Trois Chansons," composed in 1898, is a strange and wonderful mix of Renaissance sensibility and modernity. "Cantate Domino" by Hans Leo Hassler has been described as exuberant and elegant and is based on Psalm 96:1-3. "Hard Times Come Again No More," arranged by Mark Keller, is an American parlor song written by Stephen Foster and published in 1854. The song asks the fortunate to consider the plight of the less fortunate.Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and veterans, $3 for students and free for children 12 and younger.For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109.FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.