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The department of music showcases Wind Ensemble Concert

3/7/18

Jalen Porter

TNE Writer

The Wind Ensemble is the premiere concert band in the NSU Band Program. The Wind Ensemble performs customary concert band selection, as well as new songs by artists working today. Membership in the Wind Ensemble is open by audition to NSU students regardless of major.

The Department of Music will showcase the Wind Ensemble Concert. This year they will feature Leonard Bernstein in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. As a young pianist, Bernstein performed Copland's Piano Variations so often, he considered the work his trademark. Bernstein programmed and recorded nearly all of the Copland instrumental works, many of them he recorded twice. In 1943, Bernstein completed his first large-scale work, “Jeremiah”. It was performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1944, and it received a New York Critics’ Award. While Bernstein's conducting collection involved the standard literature, he will be remembered for his performances of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius, and Mahler. Particularly notable were his performances of the Mahler symphonies with the New York Philharmonic in the 1960s, sparking a renewed interest in the works of Mahler. Bernstein received various honors for his performance. In 1981, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which gave him a gold medal. The National Fellowship Award in 1985 applauded his life-long support of humanitarian causes.

“We will play a diverse selection of Bernstein’s music, which is very challenging, powerful, and dramatic,” said James Adams, director of bands. “The audience will fell the power that Bernstein put into his music.”

The Band Program includes the Communiversity Band, RiverHawk Marching Band and the Basketball Band.

“The Wind Ensemble shows me how a professional band can be,” Bailey Wyckoff, Coweta sophomore. “It allows me to be able to play difficult, but fun music. Without Dr. Adams, I don't know where I'd be at NSU. He allows everyone to be inspired and figure out new ways to play each piece. I have a feeling it is our best concert yet. I'm really looking forward to performing for everyone on Friday night.”

The Communiversity Band involves NSU students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. This ensemble takes place in the spring semester and membership is open to anyone without an audition who has several years of performing experience. This ensemble gives opportunity to students who enjoys playing music in a fun atmosphere.

The RiverHawk Marching Band performs at all home football games, appears in several Tahlequah parades, and provides entertainment at the campus pep rallies and related events. Also, the band does display performances at several high school marching contests every year. The RiverHawk marching band is open to NSU students only. They have a pre-season rehearsal camp that takes place in the fall semester.

The basketball band supports the men’s and women’s basketball team at all of the home games. The band also travels with the teams in the MIAA and NCAA for the March Madness tournaments. Rehearsals extend from November through March.

The Wind Ensemble Concert gives students the opportunity to experience diverse sound in music. The concert is at 7 p.m. March 9 in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts.

“This concert impacts me by being challenging,” said Kelli Martin, Jay sophomore. “I love working with our wind ensemble and I like to work on this kind of music with them.”

For more information, email Adams at adams70@nsuok.edu.

 


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