October 26, 2017
The Texas Tech University School of Music will host a performance featuring the Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 30) in Hemmle Recital Hall. Eric Allen, assistant director of bands, and Ray Velasquez, a graduate conducting student, will conduct the performance.
The first song in this program of vivid imagery is a wind transcription of the Prelude to the first act of Richard Wagner’s comedic opera “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.”
The Aruna Quartet from the Saxophone Studio at Texas Tech will be featured for a rendition of Brazilian film score composer Marcelo Zarvos’s “Memory” from his “Nepomuk’s Dances.” The piece was originally created for string quartet. The Texas Tech quartet consists of William Pyle, Tony Guzman, Ryan Hill and Andrew Schoen.
Velasquez will then direct two movements of Reynolds’ “Little Symphony for Winds” for a small group of players.
The full band will return with Michael Markowski’s “City Trees,” which relates the hardiness of trees growing in an urban environment to the courage it takes to embrace new ideas and to develop a broader relationship with the world.
Finally, the band will perform Dan Welcher’s “Zion,” a piece that combines the cathartic harmonies of early American “Sacred Harp” singing with his personal impressions of visiting the canyons of Zion National Park in Utah.
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.