Belton, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Department of Music is proud to present Distorted Perspectives: the UMHB Wind Ensemble in Concert. This performance will be held Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Belton (506 N. Main Street) and will feature unique works by Jess Turner, Russell Peck, John Mackey, Vaclav Nelhybel, and Steven Bryant. This event is free and open to the public.
The UMHB Wind Ensemble will open the performance with a fanfare entitled “Through the Looking Glass.” Similar to Alice’s entrance into the surreal world of Wonderland, this exciting piece will thrust the audience into a program of outstanding and eccentric works for winds.
Peck’s theatrical work “Cave” will transport the audience to a cave three miles below the earth’s crust. In this cave lives a community of blind musicians who have pioneered a unique style of music-making.
Following a brief intermission, the UMHB Wind Ensemble will be joined by student conductor Ryan Fontenot for a presentation of Mackey’s new work for wind ensemble, “Sheltering Sky.” This lyrical work for winds intertwines a lovely conversation between instruments with slight hints of the American folk tune, “Shenandoah.”
In many parts of the world it was once common to have professional mourners represent the grief of the bereaved during burial ceremonies. Nelhybel’s “Corsican Litany” is inspired by this unique practice. Taken from a melody originally sung at the funeral of a country doctor who had been murdered by his own patient, “Corsican Litany” presents moments of reflection, celebration, and, ultimately, vengeance.
The performance will conclude with Bryant’s parody “Suite Dreams.” This dream-like fantasia is a celebration of the work of Gustav Holst, specifically his masterwork for wind band, the “First Suite in E-flat.”
For more information about Distorted Perspectives, please contact UMHB’s College of Visual and Performing Arts at (254) 295-4678.