Concert features community and student ensembles

Memorial Hall was filled with the sounds of woodwinds, percussion and brass instruments during the CSC Community Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony concert, Friday, in the Memorial
Hall Auditorium.

Both ensembles were directed by John Wojcik, associate professor
of Music.

About 150 people attended the hour-long concert and listened to two bands perform, both as individual ensembles and in unison.

The Community Band consists of 26 members, made up of students, CSC faculty and community members. The group opened the concert with four selections, starting with “Antares,” by Richard Saucedo.

The next selection was “Three Chorale Preludes,” by William Latham. Before starting the preludes, Wojcik provided a history of chorale preludes.

These preludes, as explained by Wojcik, were once thought to be used in church services to introduce a hymn. However, their purpose is not entirely clear.

The final two selections performed were “Gershwin by George!,” arranged by Jerry Brubaker and “The Rakes of Mallow,” by Leroy Anderson. “Gershwin by George!,” was a medley of famous George Gershwin pieces, including “I Got Rhythm” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”

“The Rakes of Mallow,” a traditional Irish song and polka, contrasted from the medley heard in the previous song and acted as a lively conclusion to their set.

Following a short intermission, the Wind Symphony settled into their places onstage and performed their first piece, “In Flight,” composed by Samuel Hazo.

These 28 performers, comprised of students and two faculty members, performed five pieces ranging in style and difficulty.

After their first selection, the ensemble then performed “Shepherd’s Hey,” by Percy Grainger, “Our American Heroes,” by Steve Rouse and “Oscillation,” by
Sean O’Loughlin.

Wind Symphony performed the last two movements of “First Suite for Band,” by Alfred Reed for their closing selection.

Angela Smith, 21, junior of Kemmerer, Wyoming, said she felt that their group’s hard work paid off in this concert.

“We made great strides in the pieces we learned as we all overcame individual challenges,” she said.

After Wind Symphony performed their five pieces, the Community Band returned to stage to join Wind Symphony in one final piece, “Americans We,” by
Henry Fillmore.

The next Music Department performance, CSC’s Faculty and Student Composer’s Concert, will be from 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29. This concert will be free and open to the public.

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