Take a musical journey with Wind Ensemble

CAL POLY – Join the Cal Poly Humboldt School of Dance, Music and Drama and bandleader Paul Cummings as they present a concert of woodwinds, brass and percussion featuring the Wind Ensemble of university on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. at Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Concert tickets are $10 general, $5 for children and free for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID and can be purchased at the door or in advance at centerarts.humboldt.edu. From the “All Events” drop-down menu, select “School of Dance, Music & Drama” and select your event.

The program begins with a transcription of The promise to live an iconic aria from Aaron Copland’s only opera The Soft Earth.

In the second decade of the 20th century, Ottorino Respighi arranged a short dance suite for orchestra based on the 19th century piano music of the great opera composer Gioacchino Rossini. The suite in three movements, one of which Can-Can, Waltz and Gallop, were transcribed for group almost a hundred years later by an American composer, arranger and educator

Jim Mahaffey.

John Mackey is an American-born, Julliard-trained composer known worldwide for his original compositions for dance and symphonic winds. Its composition of 2012 sheltering sky has a contemplative, dreamlike quality, and the simple folksong feel of the melodies and harmonies is approachable and engaging.

Sir Malcolm Arnold was a 20th century British composer and trumpeter. His Original Orchestral Dance Suite Four Scottish Dances includes tunes based on traditional dance music from various parts of Scotland. This transcription for concert band was made by the American arranger, conductor and clarinettist John Paynter.

José Pablo Moncayo was a 20th century Mexican pianist, percussionist, music teacher, composer and conductor. Huapango, another vibrant dance suite arranged for orchestra, was Moncayo’s first major work composed for orchestra in 1941. This 1986 wind orchestra transcription is written by Grammy-nominated composer, conductor, and educator Leroy Osmon.

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