GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Saxophone Quartet will be performing under the direction of Department of Music faculty member Ernest Lascell on March 7 at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Geneseo Wind Ensemble will premiere a three-movement work titled “Ave Maris Stella” by James Walker, distinguished service professor of music at Geneseo. The three movements of the work, all based on the original Gregorian Hymn, include “Fanfare and Hymn: Hommage Á Dufay,” “In Canonica” and a “Finale,” which brings all the elements together: the hymn tune, the fanfare and the rollicking Allegro.
“The entire work is based on a single melody, a medieval Gregorian Hymn,” said Walker. “A ‘Gregorian Hymn’ was a relatively brief religious tune sung in unison. Later on, at the start of the Renaissance, composers such as Guillaume Dufay harmonized and smoothed out the original melodic line. I took the original tune and Dufay’s new version and created an entirely new piece from that musical material.”
The Wind Ensemble will also be performing “Toccata for Band” by Frank Erickson, “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed, and “Scenes from the Louvre” by Norman Delo Joio.
The Saxophone Quartet, which performed its first concert in November, will feature “One For All” by Lennie Niehaus, and “Three Pieces” by Vaclav Nelhybel.
The Clarinet Choir also will perform “First Suite in E-flat” by Gustav Holst, and “Scherzetto, Pavane and Gopak” by Gordon Jacob.
The event is sponsored by the SUNY Geneseo Department of Music.
Release written by College Communications intern Jennifer Kim.
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