Frostburg State University Presents Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

May 13, 2017

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present a concert by its Wind Ensemble on Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Performing Arts Center.Conducted by Dr. Phil Klickman, the ensemble will perform the following pieces:"Shortcut Home," composed by Dana Wilson in 1998, is a rousing fanfare that features each section of the ensemble. With exciting drive and jazz-based interludes, the piece cascades toward the "home" of the final, C-major chord."The Liberty Bell" is an American military march composed by famous bandmaster John Philip Sousa in 1893 and is considered one of his finest works. Many associate it with the British comedy television show, "Monty Python's Flying Circus," which played an excerpt over its opening titles."Amazing Grace" is one of the world's most beloved hymn tunes. Beautifully crafted and eloquently scored, this reflective yet powerful arrangement by William Himes builds to a glorious climax, perfectly blending the traditional melody with sumptuous new harmonies."Chorale and Shaker Dance" by John Zdechlik has become a standard in the band repertoire since its premiere in 1972 in Atlanta. The piece consists of two main musical ideas - the chorale, which is a simple, single-phrased melody, and the familiar Shaker song "'Tis the Gift to Be Simple."Frank Ticheli composed "Vesuvius" and "Blue Shades." "Vesuvius" is an aggressive, rhythmically active work, a dance representing the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii. This exciting piece displays a variety of moods ranging from fierce canonic battle to quiet oases of sinuous melody. In "Blue Shades," the composer has created a work that combines his love of jazz and the blues with his own contemporary style. Blues harmonies, rhythms and melodic idioms pervade the work, and many "shades of blue" are heard, from bright and dark to dirty and hot.Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for veterans and seniors, $3 for students and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door only; cash and credit cards are accepted.For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109.Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.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.