The Cal Poly Humboldt School of Dance, Music and Drama and conductor Paul Cummings will present a concert of woodwinds, brass and percussion featuring the university’s wind ensemble on April 29 at 8 p.m. h at the Fulkerson Recital Hall on campus.
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. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster is still required for all on-campus guests. At press time, wearing a face mask is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. If attending the concert in person is not an option, a free livestream can be viewed at https://youtu.be/7XArbtwHqAg.
The program begins with a transcription of “The Promise of Living,” an iconic aria from Aaron Copland’s only opera, “The Tender Land.” Copland, one of the great American composers of the 20th century, composed the melody and lyrics for the traditional revivalist song “Zion’s Walls” for orchestra and opera chorus, then later transcribed the work as an orchestral suite, before it was again transcribed for wind. group of American composer, arranger and conductor Kenneth Singleton.
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 three-movement suite, including “Can-Can”, “Valse” and “Galop”, was transcribed for group use nearly 100 years later by 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. His 2012 composition “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 trumpet player. 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 is by the American arranger, conductor and clarinetist 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 Pulitzer- and Grammy-nominated composer, conductor, and educator Leroy Osmon.