Cameron University Concert Band performance to feature Elgin High School Band and CU Concert Choir

When the Cameron University Concert Band takes the stage on Thursday, March 3, the ensemble will be joined by the Elgin High School Band and the Cameron University Concert Choir. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior adults. Cameron students, faculty and staff with CU I.D. are admitted at no charge.  

The Cameron University Concert Band performs at a variety of events throughout the academic year. The group is conducted by Dr. Matthew Mireles, Assistant Professor of Music and Joye R. Lentz Endowed Professor.

“There’s nothing quite as rousing as the jubilant sounds of perfectly tuned woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments,” says Mireles. “Whether it’s a joyous march or a moving orchestral composition, the music performed by a concert band will evoke heart-felt emotion from the audience.”

The repertoire features compositions by some of the 20th century’s most popular composers, arrangers and conductors.

The concert will commence with “Galop,” one of the classic lighter compositions of Dmitri Shostakovich, from his satirical operetta “Moscow, Cheryomushki.” This energetic piece will be followed by “His Honor,” an invigorating march by Henry Fillmore. Fillmore was one of the most successful composers of marches in American history, and his works are still widely performed.

Cameron student Tyler Reeves, a music education major from Denton, Texas, will step into the role of conductor for “A Festival Prelude,” a 1956 composition by Alfred Reed. The piece was premiered by the Phillips University Band in Enid and was originally written for performance by a university group of players.

The members of the Cameron University Concert Choir will lend their voices to “God of Our Fathers,” Claude T. Smith’s symphonic composition of the 1876 hymn by George Warren.

The Elgin High School Band will join the CU Concert Band for the remaining two numbers on the program. Clare Gundman’s “American Folk Rhapsody No. 2,” which incorporates carefully crafted American folk songs into a symphonic setting, features light-hearted and moving passages from “Billy Boy,” “Skip to My Lou” and “Shenandoah.”

The concert will concert with a rousing rendition of Frank Panella’s “On the Square.” The 1916 classic march has been a favorite of bands for the past century.

For further information please call the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440.

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February 23, 2016

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