"Themes, Preludes, Overtures and Operas"

October 14, 2017

FSU Pealer Recital Hall

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the FSU Wind Ensemble in its first concert of the fall semester, "Themes, Preludes, Overtures and Operas," on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. Conducted by Joshua Long, the ensemble will perform "Light Cavalry Overture" by Franz von Suppe, "Procession of the Nobles" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, "Variations on America" by Charles Ives, "Commando March" by Samuel Barber and "Mannin Veen" by Haydn Wood, plus works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Malcolm Arnold and Karl King. "Light Cavalry" is an operetta in two acts, first performed in Vienna in 1866. The original work is set in a 19th-century Austrian village where several love intrigues and the discovery of a father-daughter relationship are accompanied by the arrival of a regiment of hussars. "Procession of the Nobles" ("Cortege") was written in 1889 as part of the opera-ballet "Mlada." This work is the orchestral introduction to Act II, which begins with a festival of tradespeople. The music bursts to life with a rousing brass flourish, soon followed by the processional music, a noble tune for strings in E-flat major. A central section just as vigorous as the opening leads to a return of the march tune and a rousing close. "Variations on America," composed when Ives was 17, is an arrangement of a traditional tune, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," and at the time the de facto anthem of the United States. Ives prepared it for a Fourth of July celebration in 1892. It went unpublished until 1949, when the organist E. Power Biggs rediscovered it. He incorporated it into his repertoire, and it became a regularly performed piece by American organists. "Commando March" was written in 1943. It was World War II, and emerging composer Barber was in the military (drafted in 1942) and attached to the Army Air Forces. The march was a product of this time in the military and remains Barber's only widely played band piece. Originally published in 1933, "Mannin Veen" is an outstanding tone poem based on four folk songs from the Isle of Man. It begins with a plaintive melody, then goes into a "fiddle tune," a very lyrical melody and then a hymn. Tickets for the performance 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.