The University of Southern Mississippi's internationally recognized
Wind Ensemble will perform a tribute concert at 7:30 p.m. on April
29 in Bennett Auditorium honoring long-time professor of music and
pianist Stanley Waldoff.
native of Hattiesburg who has been a mainstay in the university's
School of Music, will retire at the end of the academic year.
Waldoff's performance ability and teaching skills have contributed
greatly to the School of Music's musical integrity-a tradition that
it has enjoyed for many years," said Dr. Thomas Fraschillo,
director of bands and director of the Wind Ensemble at Southern
He added that
Waldoff is a valued colleague and will be "sorely missed"
after his retirement.
One of Waldoff's
former students, Theresa Sanchez, will join the 55-member concert
band as featured soloist for Luigi Zaninelli's "Concertino
for Piano and Wind Ensemble." The Southern Miss composer-in-residence
originally wrote the piece for Waldoff, who premiered it with Fraschillo
and the Wind Ensemble at the 1993 American Bandmasters Association
national convention in New Orleans.
Dr. Harry Begian
of the University of Illinois School of Music said Zaninelli's concerto
is "one of the most exciting works ever written for piano and
winds in the 20th century." Waldoff's performance with the
band in 1993 led to multiple performances of the work in the United
her former professor's teaching "was brilliant and demanding,
emphasizing critical aspects of sophisticated pianism-meaning the
production of a beautiful tone quality, interesting phrasing, and
a large palette of dynamic colors and rhythmic clarity." She
added that all these characteristics were "abundantly and spectacularly
present" in her teacher's own playing.
his talents from an early age through his training at The Juilliard
School in New York City, where he earned his undergraduate and master's
degrees. After earning his doctorate from Columbia University and
working as a recording artist for the American Heritage Society,
he joined the faculty at Southern Miss in the fall of 1971.
A faculty member
at Jones County Junior College and past president of the Mississippi
Music Teachers Association, Sanchez has presented numerous recitals
in the United States, Canada and Europe and has given recent performances
with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra
and Wind Ensemble at Southern Miss, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.
on the concert program will include Aaron Copland's "Danzon
Cubano," John Philip Sousa's "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
March," Italian composer Thomas Briccetti's "French Toast
to John Philippe Rameau," and H. Owen Reed's "Missouri
The Wind Ensemble
at Southern Miss is among the nation's finest university concert
bands and has received numerous accolades for its recordings of
all types of music for band. Fraschillo is in his 20th year as conductor.
extremely proud of the continued accomplishments of this band,"
Fraschillo said. "The students continue to be a source of pride
for us in the School of Music-for their dedication to the music
and for striving to perform at their best."
$6 for general admission and $3 for Southern Miss faculty and staff,
senior citizens, and children under 12. Southern Miss students will
be admitted free with ID. Call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at
(601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 for tickets or order online at www.usm.edu/tickets.
For more information on the Southern Miss band program, call (601)