October 20, 2017
The Texas Tech University School of Music will host a performance featuring the Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 24) in Hemmle Recital Hall. Duane Hill, associate director of bands in the School of Music, will conduct the performance.
Inspired by his travels to Asia in May, Hill titled this concert “Asia Adventures” and has programmed music for wind band that sources folk song melodies and rhythms from both Korea and Japan.
The evening’s musical travelogue begins with two treatments of the well-known Korean folk melody “Arirang.” The band will perform John Barnes Chance’s “Variations on a Korean Folk Song,” which subjects the pentatonic “Arirang” melody to a series of creative compositional maneuvers to showcase the various sections of the band.
Next, the band will perform Yō Gotō’s “Lachrymae,” which is based on a dirge written by English Renaissance composer John Dowland. This piece is intended as a requiem for victims of political violence.
To close the concert, the band will perform Toshio Mashima’s “Les Trois Notes Du Japon,” a piece that was written for the world-renowned Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra as a set of nature pieces about the courtship of cranes, a snowy river in winter, and summer festivals across Japan.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.