Apr. 19, 2012

Wind Ensemble and Monday Night Jazz Ensemble to Perform April 20


GENESEO, N.Y. -- The Geneseo Wind Ensemble and Monday Night Jazz Ensemble perform April 20 at 8 p.m. in the college's Wadsworth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The wind ensemble features three works by Geneseo composers: Former college faculty member David Maslanka; Jack Johnston, director emeritus of the college's School of the Arts; and James Walker, distinguished service professor of music at Geneseo and conductor of the wind ensemble.

"We thought, with the extraordinary amount of creative work that has gone on here, it would be fun to feature some faculty composers past and present on this program," said Walker. "David was here in the '70s and has made a national reputation as a consummate composer for wind groups. We'll be performing his most recent work, ‘Give Us This Day - A Short Symphony.'"

Walker praised Johnston as a wonderful composer, who has written a three-movement work - "Echoes of Ancestral Voices" - based on an old tune from the Renaissance: "L'Homme Armé" (The Armed Man).

"This tune was used as the basis for hundreds of compositions during the Renaissance," said Walker. "Johnston, of course, gives it a more modern and very interesting caste."

Walker's composition "Scamper" is a fast scherzo-like work, with a great deal of virtuoso playing required. It will be conducted by Louis Lohraseb, a junior music major at Geneseo and wind ensemble assistant conductor.

The jazz ensemble, under the direction of music department faculty member David Gibson, will feature a variety of currents works.

For more information on the concert, call 585-245-5824.

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