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Cal Poly Humboldt Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra Concert
The Cal Poly Humboldt School of Dance, Music, and Theatre’s spring semester double-header is back, featuring the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra in live and livestreamed performance. Join them in Fulkerson Recital Hall on Saturday, February 26th at 8:00 p.m. and hear a broad range of music for brass, woodwinds, percussion, and rhythm section written over the course of the last hundred years, from composers such as Gordon Jacob and Dmitri Shostakovich to Maria Schneider and Charles Mingus. If getting to campus is not an option for you, a livestream of the concert will be available. Concert tickets are $10 General, $5 Child, and FREE for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID, and may be purchased in advance at music.humboldt.edu/upcoming. Under the baton of conductor and Cal Poly Humboldt Professor of Music Paul Cummings, the Wind Ensemble performs a variety of works inspired by various eastern and western European cultures. This fine repertoire includes the mid-20th century “Folk Dances” by the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, receiving a fine transcription for wind band in 1979 by American composer and academic H. Robert Reynolds. Dan Forrest is an American composer born in 1978 who has already amassed a sizable catalog of music composed for voices as well as instruments. His work “A Basque Lullaby,” originally set for SATB choir and re-scored for wind band in 2007, takes a gentle and expressive place in the program. “Entr’act,” the second movement of “Theatre Music” by the contemporary English composer Philip Sparke is a lush and evocative work which gives each section of the ensemble many moments to shine. Active throughout much of the 20th century, English composer Gordon Jacob composed and arranged over 700 works during his long and prolific career as a composer and educator. One of his earliest works, written when he was still a student, is an arrangement of a collection of polyphonic works from the 16th and 17th centuries by another prolific composer of music for choir and for keyboard, William Byrd. Aptly named “William Byrd Suite,” it is an all-time favorite in the wind band repertoire. As a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Cal Poly Humboldt, band leader Dan Aldag heads the department’s jazz program as well as being a co-founder of the Redwood Jazz Alliance. The Jazz Orchestra, resident big band at Cal Poly Humboldt, plays four pieces, including “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver. Silver is widely recognized as the leading composer in the hard bop style, and “Sister Sadie” is one of his best-known tunes. No one knows who wrote this arrangement, but it comes from the library of the University of Illinois Jazz Band. It features solos from Nick De Anda on guitar, Chris Cox on trumpet, Rebekka Lopez on alto sax, George Epperson on trombone, Danny Gaon on bass, and Isaac Williams on tenor sax. “The Snapper” is composed by the great trumpet player Clark Terry and arranged by Cal Poly Humboldt Professor of Music Brian Post. Post thought that the melody resembled a fugue subject (the main theme of a fugue), and so he has incorporated a fugue into his arrangement. Soloists are Eddie Kallen on trumpet and John Gerving on piano. “Don’t Be Evil” is by Maria Schneider and comes from her Grammy-winning album Data Lords. Schneider is a fierce advocate for creators’ rights in the digital world, and writes in the liner notes to the album, “How can it be that people sitting in the boardroom of a company poised to become the most powerful corporation in the world, would actually select as their inspirational motto, ‘don’t be evil?’ I’m not sure what’s more alarming: that they set the bar so low, or that they would fail to reach that most minimal aspiration…This piece mocks Google as the cartoonish overlord that it is.” Featured soloists are Nick De Anda on guitar, Brian White on trombone, and Brian Post on piano. The Charles Mingus composition “Boogie Stop Shuffle” is arranged by band leader, jazz scholar, and Grammy nominee Andrew Homzy. Mingus’s centennial is this spring and the Jazz Orchestra will celebrate it by playing an all-Mingus concert in May. “Boogie Stop Shuffle” provides a sneak preview of that exciting upcoming event.
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