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Archive for Thursday, April 22, 1999

UNIVERSITY BAND TO INTRODUCE COMPOSITION WITH WEDDING THEME

April 22, 1999

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The University Band will perform its spring concert, which will include the world premiere of Jon Rosenthal's "Wedding Reflections," at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Lied Center.

Naoya Takizawa, a doctoral student from Tokyo, is conductor of the 94-piece band; guest conductors are Rosenthal, a Lawrence graduate student, and Chad Dempsey, a Maryville, Mo., senior.

"Wedding Reflections," which will be conducted by Rosenthal, is a three-movement work that was composed as a wedding gift to his fiance.

The piece includes "Anticipation -- The Day is Here," which depicts the morning of the wedding day when thoughts and emotions are running strong; "Contemplation -- Promises are made," depicting the solemn moments immediately preceding the wedding ceremony; and "Celebration/Finale -- ... and they lived happily ever after," representing the time when the ceremony is over and the attention is turned toward the celebration.

The remainder of the band's program features:

  • "Dramatic Essay," by Clifton Williams, with trumpet soloist Stephen Molly, a Lawrence doctoral student.
  • "Light Cavalry Overture," by Franz von Suppe, arranged by Henry Fillmore.
  • "The Spirit of Orpheus (A Sinfonian Celebration)," by Robert W. Smith.
  • "The Fairest of the Fair," by John Philip Sousa, edited by Frederick Fennell.
  • "March-April-May," by Masao Yabe, composed for the All-Japan Band Contest in 1993.
  • "Yagi Bushi," a traditional Japanese folk tune arranged by Naohiro Iwai.
  • "Japanese Folk Song Suite," by Bin Kaneda, including "Antagata-Dokosa" ("Where Are Your From?"), "Komori-Uta" ("Lullaby") and "Yamadera-no-Osho-san" ("An Ancient Priest in a Mountain Temple").
  • "The Great Gate of Kiev" from "Pictures At An Exhibition," by Modeste Moussorgsky.

Tickets are available at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982, and the Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477.

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