Instrumental Concert to be Held April 16

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Wesleyan’s Music Department will present their spring instrumental concert on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

This year’s concert will feature the Wesleyan Concert Band, a traditional American wind band that explores a wide variety of literature, directed by Dr. James Moore, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental ensembles at the College. This ensemble will present three pieces: Paul Creston’s Celebration Overture, Franz Schubert’s Marche Militaire, Op. 51, and movements from Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Folk Song Suite.

Moore explains these pieces present unique challenges for the student-musicians.

“The dense harmonies and virtuosic passages in Creston’s Overture make it one of the most difficult pieces that we have ever tackled,” stated Moore.  “The students have worked very hard on this piece, and I really feel like it has pushed them toward a broader understanding of what is possible within the wind band tradition.”

Vaughn Williams’ work is a “classic that every instrumentalist within the band tradition should be familiar with,” says Moore. “The multi-meter layering that occurs throughout is really beautiful, and it has been a real treat to hear the students improve.”

Schubert’s piece is an adaptation that was done by Moore himself for the group. The original, scored to include strings and other instruments not typically found in American wind bands, needed to be rescored for the Concert Band’s unique instrumentation.

Sharing the bill with the Concert Band is Chamber Winds, a new ensemble comprised primarily of music majors that performs chamber works adapted for a small wind ensemble.  This group will perform works from the Baroque and Classical eras by such composers as William Boyce and W.A. Mozart.  A highlight of this group’s portion of the concert will be the performance of the second movement of the Mozart concerto for Clarinet in A by junior music education major Robin Samuels.

“It has been a very busy semester for our performing artists, and we appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

The concert is free and open to the public.