The 5th Annual NEW MUSIC for BIG BAND from UNL Concert
The UNL Jazz Orchestra, Dr. Eric Richards-director
The UNL Big Band, Mr. Dave Stamps-director
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Kimball Recital Hall
General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.
The UNL Jazz Orchestra and UNL Big Band present one of the most exciting jazz programs of the year: The 5th annual NEW MUSIC FOR BIG BAND from UNL concert! This unique program features music written by the student composer-arrangers of the Glenn Korff School of Music and will highlight several world premieres.
• ON MY WAY TO YOU, a beautiful ballad by Michel Legrand and arranged by Kara Baxter (DMA ’14)
• YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, a swinging new arrangement for big band by Taylor Cobb (BME ’14)
• FRACTALS (It is…), a contemporary new arrangement by Mike Dee (MM’14) of a piece by saxophonist/composer Ben Schachter
• LICKIN’, a high energy swinging chart by Bobby Fuson based on the ubiquitous jazz melodic motive known to many musicians
• MATATAKI (in the blink of an eye), an extended tone poem for jazz orchestra by Masayoshi Ishikawa (DMA ’15)
• ONLY YOU, a new ballad for jazz orchestra by John Kosch (BME ’16)
• FELA, an Afrobeat influenced tribute to the Nigerian master musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, composed by Darren Pettit (DMA ’16)
• FOGO ACIMA DAS NUVENS, a new samba by Dave Stamps (DMA ’14)
• SPEAK LOW, an Afro-Cuban treatment of the Kurt Weill classic arranged by Chris Varga (DMA ’15)
Three Nebraska premieres will be featured in this celebration of Nordic inspiration: Hearshen’s “Danish Bouquet” (an homage to the classic “Lincolnshire Posy”), Hyldgaard’s exuberant “Tivoli Festival Overture,” and Turner’s epic “Rumpelstilzchen.” Two favorites by Percy Grainger will complete the scene: “Country Gardens,” and the rarely heard “Faeroe Island Dance.”
The UNL Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tyler Goodrich White, gives the first performance of UNL Professor Eric Richards's newly revised concert overture WIZOO! Violist Jonah Sirota of the Chiara String Quartet then joins the orchestra for the lyrical and intensely rhythmic Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Harbison. The concert concludes with the songful, stirring, and rarely heard Symphony No. 6 in D major of Czech master Antonin Dvorak.
Dec. 13: Musical Theatre Showcase. 7:30 p.m. Westbrook Music Building Rm. 119. Free.
If you love musical theatre, this is an evening not to be missed. Ten scenes from both classic and more contemporary musicals will be performed in an hour-long, free performance by UNL's musical theatre students. Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies Alisa Belflower will host the showcase introducing a few new musicals as well as giving you new insights into more familiar musical theatre works included in this fast-paced musical showcase.
UNL's University Singers, along with UNL faculty voice professors as soloists and a professional orchestra comprised of many of UNL's Glenn Korff School of Music faculty members, will be performing Handel's MESSIAH, 7pm, FREE, December 15th, 2013, at Southwood Lutheran Church. Southwood new large sanctuary is located at 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd in Lincoln about 1/2 mile south of Super Target at Yankee Hill Road and South 40th Street (ample close parking). The performance will be conducted by Professor of Music, Dr. Peter A. Eklund, who is also Co-Chair of the Voice/Choral Area, and Director of Choral Activities. The public is invited.