Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Department of Music is proud to present the UMHB Wind and Jazz Ensembles in Concert on Tuesday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Belton. The performance is free and open to the public.
The UMHB Jazz Ensemble will open the performance with a combination of jazz standards and new works. The group will open with Oliver Nelson’s “Step Right Up.” This fast, swinging chart gained popularity after it was recorded by both the Count Basie Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Band. Earle Hagen’s “Harlem Nocturne,” having been recorded by countless jazz artists since its creation in 1939, will feature alto saxophonist, John Barclay. The ensemble will then move to contemporary music with a modern arrangement of Irving Berlin’s classic, “Blue Skies.” The music of Paul Baker, a Texas jazz artist, will close the Jazz Ensemble’s portion of the concert. Written in 2012, Paul Baker’s “Arnge Drank (Orange Juice with an Attitude)” is an exciting funk tune that will feature trombonists Lantz Crosthwait, Timothy Tang, and guitarist Zach Thompson.
Following a brief intermission, the UMHB Wind Ensemble will present Steven Bryant’s “Ecstatic Fanfare.” Taken from his epic work for wind band and electronics, Ecstatic Waters, this exciting fanfare was composed in a panicked three-day composing frenzy. The work was premiered by the Polizeiorchester Bayern, under the baton of the composer’s father-in-law in June, 2012.
Jacob Bridges, student conductor, will present Percy Grainger’s work for 9 winds and piano “The Merry King.” This work continues the great tradition of Grainger’s setting of folk songs. This particular tune was collected in London around 1905, from the singing of a Sussex laborer. At that time Grainger made sketches for a choral setting which are became the basis for this setting for winds which was sketched and constructed between 1936 and 1939.
The program will conclude with presentations of Frank Ticheli’s “Rest” and Gordon Jacob’s William Byrd Suite, a six-movement masterwork based on keyboard works by renaissance composer, William Byrd.
For more information about this concert and other offerings by the UMHB Department of Music, please call (254) 295-4678.