QU Band Concert: Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band

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The Quincy University bands will present a joint concert Sunday, February 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Connie Niemann Center for Music.  The general public is invited to attend without charge thanks to sponsorship by the division of fine arts and communication.
 
This concert features two Quincy University performing ensembles: Symphonic Band, directed by Bill Machold, and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Parke
 
The program will open with the following musical selections performed by the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Steve Parke, Associate Professor of Music and Jazz Artist-in-Residence:
 
Night in Tunisia, by John (Dizzy) Gillespie and Frank Paparelli (1944), will open our portion of the concert.  It is a lively jazz chart combining Swing and Latin (Beguine) style rhythms featuring Warren Crim on trumpet with additional short solos on tenor sax and drums.
 
Lonely Street, by Sammy Nestico (1968), is a beautiful ballad that utilizes mutes in the trumpet section as background for Darren Lillard, featured soloist on alto sax.
 
Tiger of San Pedro, by John LaBarbera (1975), is a fast Latin chart featuring heated solos by trumpet, trombone, and alto sax.  The trumpet section is also featured performing with various Latin percussion instruments.
 
After intermission, the QU Symphonic Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Bill Machold, will take the stage.  Their portion of the program will feature two pieces composed in 2013 by Steven Bryant for a consortium of universities that sponsor a Kappa Kappa Psi national band fraternity chapter.  The Lambda Chi chapter at Quincy University contributed to this endeavor.
 
Idyll is a simple, pastoral work, meant to showcase the intimate side of the wind ensemble.  The music is tranquil, featuring small groups of instruments in varying combinations, never rising above mezzo-forte in volume.
 
Whirlwind  is a brief, caffeinated work for winds and percussion.  The music perpetually swirls around and through the ensemble, unfurling into a bombastic climax, then dissipating into thin air.  Quincy University is proud to be one of only 26 colleges and universities nationwide to have access to these new works.
 
Additional information about the concert is available from the QU music office at 228-5432, Ext. 3161.

 

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.