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FAU Wind Ensemble in Concert

BOCA RATON, FL (April 20, 2010) – The department of music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a concert with the FAU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kyle Prescott, on Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.fauevents.com or by calling 1-800-564-9539.

The concert is comprised of three very new selections composed within the last few years along with a major Symphony by Paul Hindemith.  The first selection is “Redline Tango,” by John Mackey. “This is a fast-paced, aggressive work that shows off the technical abilities of the performers,” said Prescott. “Redline comes from the term used to indicate an engine is revved-up to its highest level.  This 'redline' music frames a central portion with a somewhat-sultry tango featuring the soprano saxophone.”

            The second piece is “It Perched for Vespers Nine,” by Joel Puckett. This selection uses the text of the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” as a source to create a tone-painting. The instruments of the ensemble are used like the colors of the Expressionist painter's pallet, gradually changing overt time to create the misty, fog-shrouded mood of Coleridge's famous poem.

            The third piece is “Popcopy,” by Scott McAllister. The three movements of “Popcopy” each stem from a moment in popular television or film.  The first movement comes from a famous “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which a recording session is continually interrupted by the producer's need of "More Cowbell."  The second movement titled "One Time, at Band Camp" features solo flute and relates to the movie “American Pie.”  The final movement, "Serenity Now!" draws on an episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” and the less-than-serene mood of George Costanza's father.

Finally, “Symphony in B-flat,” by Paul Hindemith, is a masterwork for band that was composed for the U.S. Army Band in 1951.  Hindemith's unique craft and musical language permeate the three movements. The composer introduces various themes independently, then presents them simultaneously in a variety of moods.  The robust and powerful finale is one of the great moments in all of the concert band repertoire.

            For more information about the concert, call 561-297-3820.

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