The nationally recognized Wind Ensemble, the top concert band at
The University of Southern Mississippi, will present its fall concert
at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Bennett Auditorium. The evening's program
will feature music from fanfares and marches to Yiddish dances to
Led by Dr.
Thomas Fraschillo, director of bands at Southern Miss, the ensemble
is widely known in music circles for its exceptionally gifted student
performers and for its diverse and challenging repertoire.
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."
will open with David Stanhope's "Olympic Fireworks." This
work first premiered during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia,
where it was used during the fireworks finale and during the entrance
of the athletes. Stanhope is one of Australia's leading composers
and a brilliant pianist, according to Fraschillo.
composer Luigi Zaninelli's work "Sacred Voices" also will
be featured on the program. The Wind Ensemble has performed many
of Zaninelli's works, each holding personal meaning to the prolific
composer who has been a long-time faculty member at Southern Miss.
composer, I often find myself the willing recipient of voices heard,
felt, and imagined-not well defined melodies or precise phrases,
but fleeting, ephemeral moments of exquisite aural pleasure,"
Zaninelli explained. "These subliminal voices sometimes find
life in my work. 'Sacred Voices' is such a work. It is a personal
expression of what I hold dear and precious in sacred music. It
is my past, my present, and possibly my future."
Treybig of Hattiesburg and a doctoral graduate of the University
of Texas at Austin in flute performance will join the ensemble as
guest soloist on Hank Badings' "Concerto for Flute and Wind
then performs the first symphony written by famed conductor and
composer Leonard Bernstein. "Jeremiah" premiered in 1944
with the composer conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony. Long-time
director of bands at the University of Minnesota, Frank Bencriscutto,
scored the work for bands.
The text of
"Jeremiah's Symphony" comes from the book of "Lamentations."
The music depicts a general sense of destruction and chaos brought
on by pagan corruption in ancient Jerusalem. Interestingly, the
composer dedicated his first work to his father.
Brian R. Scott,
a native of Columbia, S.C., will conduct Bernstein's symphony. Having
earned his bachelors degree in music education from Southern Miss,
Scott began graduate study with School of Music faculty members
Dr. Richard Perry, assistant professor of tuba, Dr. Steven Moser,
associate professor of music and conducting, and Fraschillo, professor
of music and conducting. Scott is expected to receive his masters
in conducting in the spring of 2004.
students over the years have been of high quality, and we encourage
their educational growth by putting them on the podium during our
concerts," Fraschillo said. "Scott is one of those deserving
students who, by example, help maintain our standard of excellence
in the School of Music."
"Yiddish Dances" was written in honor of the 60th birthday
of Timothy Reynish, conductor of the Royal Northern College (Manchester,
England) Wind Ensemble, where Gorb was then head of the School of
Composition and Contemporary Music. Fraschillo said the composer
himself described the work as a "party piece" because
it combines two abiding musical passions-the symphony wind orchestra
and the folk music of the Yiddish-speaking people, Klezmer. The
five movements of the work are all based on Klezmer dances.
concert as it opened, the ensemble will perform another Olympic
jewel, this one being Serge Prokofieff's "Athletic Festival
March," which was written for the infamous 1936 Olympics in
Berlin. The piece is the first of Prokofiev's Four Marches, op.
69, composed between 1935-37 for military band. Of note, the work
was originally titled "March for the Spartakiad" and was
written for a Russian athletic festival inspired by the highly disciplined
warriors of ancient Sparta.
$6 for general admission and $3 for Southern Miss faculty, staff
and students, senior citizens and children under 12. 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 office, call (601) 266-4990.