The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present the CU Concert Band in concert on Monday, November 27. 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. Claudio Re, Assistant Professor, who joined the CU faculty this fall.
“One of the ongoing challenges for directors is to find repertoire that well fits the skills and size of his/her ensemble, as every band is different,” Re says. “Rehearsing the music I selected for this concert allows me to better assess the strengths of the Cameron University Concert Band - precious information I will use to plan for the spring.”
That rehearsal “learning curve” is not one sided, according to Re. “The program also offers students an opportunity to learn about me and my rehearsal technique. Communication is key when working in a collaborative environment.”
Members of the Concert Band are students Kelsey Alden-Cox, Jordan Alexander-Cooper, Irmtraud Bryant, Anthony Gustave, Trent Hagood, Logan Hale, Jimmie Hinson, Brianna Mendenhall, Xavier Obregon, Shelley Perry, Diane Pihulic, Jafet Santos, Anna Southern, Jason Villareal, Katrina Zuber, all of Lawton; Joel Moncrief, Altus; Brittany Donley and Paul Martin, Cache; Edwin Supo, Fletcher; Dava Battiest, Duncan; Britinie Mendenhall, Elgin; and Steven Warden-Ivers, Perry. They are joined by faculty members J.D. Little and Karla Oty as well as community member Douglas Bayless.
The concert will open with a rousing march, “Alte Kameraden” by German composer Karl Teike. A classic of the wind band repertoire, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance, will follow.
Next, the ensemble will present Frank Ticheli’s popular arrangement of “Amazing Grace” which will lead into Ron Nelson’s “Courtly Airs and Dances.” Re explains that the latter is not an original collection of renaissance tunes, but a modern invention inspired by renaissance dance music.
The concert will conclude with Standrige’s “Gently Blows the Summer Wind” and Clare Grundman’s “American Folk Rhapsody No.2.”
For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2462.
November 17, 2017