Saturday, October 28, 2006

Frederic Belanger, cornet; Michael DeWeese, cornet, Anwyn
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Humboldt Bay Brass Band

Defy the end of Daylight Savings Time with the Humboldt Bay Brass Band in concert, under the direction of Gil Cline, on Saturday, October 28th at 8 PM in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. $6 general, $2 student/senior, HSU students free with ID, from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Presented by HSU Music Department: 826-3531.

Local music teachers in the Humboldt Bay Brass Band: L to R:
Toshi Noguchi, bass trombone, Jacoby Creek Elementary;
Gary Ross, flugelhorn, McKinleyville Elementary; Fred Tempas,
tuba, Sunny Brae Middle School; Chris Cox, cornet, Eureka HS;
Gregg Sisk, cornet, Arcata and McKinleyville HSs; Gregg Moore,
North Coast Prep Academy.
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So you want to lead a band? Gil Cline and the Humboldt Bay Brass Band will give one lucky member of the audience that opportunity, as they defy the end of Daylight Savings Time with a concert of brass band music.

The winner of the drawing will conduct the Eureka March, written by Humboldt resident Herb Pasco in 1914, and arranged for this ensemble by Gil Cline. (Aspirants can listen to the band’s recently released CD to hear what the tune is supposed to sound like.)

The rest of the evening’s eclectic program will range from Mozart and Rachmaninoff to marches and “My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose”—all safely conducted by Cline.

The band is comprised of HSU students and community members, including several Humboldt County music educators, such as Fred Tempas of Sunny Brae Middle School, who is the featured soloist on the “Suite for Tuba.” “He’s our local tuba guru,” Cline said, describing the piece as a “difficult, flashy work.”

The Humboldt Bay Brass Band is perhaps the only one of its kind north of San Francisco, according to Cline. That’s because it is a “British” brass band, which refers to its instrumental lineup of 24 brass players and three on percussion. “There’s a very strong tradition for this kind of band, especially in the north of England,” Cline said. “Many have been in continuous operation there for well over a hundred years.”

Though not quite that old, the Humboldt Bay Brass Band has performed several well-received concerts over the past three years, as well as recording its CD last year.

One of the audience favorites at last spring’s concert was “American Patrol.” This time the band whistles while they work through a Swiss army march called “Berne Patrol.”

There are several modern works on the program, such as a tone poem called “The Conquerors,” and “Doyen,” which Cline described as “a captivating work with interesting meter changes.” But the evening ends with a fulfilling brass bang, as “Galop” sends the audience riding home—to turn their clocks back an hour.

The Humboldt Bay Brass Band under the direction of Gil Cline, plays on Saturday, October 28th at 8 PM in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. $6 general, $2 student/senior, HSU students free with ID, from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Presented by HSU Music Department: 826-3531.

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The musicians of the Humboldt Bay Brass Band are:

Cornets: Chris Cox, Mike Shepherd, Frederick Belanger, Ken Thiessen, Jennifer Sisk, William Zoller, Joyce Carter, Gregg Sisk, and Michael DeWeese. Fl├╝gelhorn: Gary Ross. E-flat Tenors: Matt Morgan, Leon Hamilton, and Anwyn Halliday. Baritones: Phil Sams and Dick LaForge. Euphonium: George Ritscher and Vicki Robertson. Trombones: George Epperson, Doug Hendricks, and Toshi Noguchi. E-flat Tubas: Gregg Moore and Joe Eckert. Double B-flat Tubas: Fred Tempas and Jerry Carter. Percussion: Amy Cadle, Jamie Obeso, and Rudy Slizewski.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Wednesday Combo: Aber Miller, John Evans, Josh Nelson,
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Jazz Combos

The best HSU student players in three new combos play Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, a jazzy Debussy and their own compositions under the direction of Dan Aldag, on Friday, October 27 at 8 PM at the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. $6 general, $2 student/senior, HSU students free with ID, from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Produced by HSU Music Department: 826-3531.

Friday Combo: Sky Miller, Michael Smith, Joel Bettencourt,
Jonathan Kipp. Photo: Bill Kowinski.
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Wednesday Combo: John Evans, Max Brunsfeld, Aber Miller,
Josh Nelson, Michael Dieter. Photo: Bill Kowinski.
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Test of the Best

They were chosen as the best by audition. Now three sets of HSU students have developed their own repertoire and learned by doing: playing jazz together in the rehearsal halls, under the watchful ear of visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Dan Aldag. On Friday night, October 27, they share their music with the public at the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus.

The three jazz combos are informally named for the day of the week they rehearse. The Monday Combo is playing all originals by members of the group—tunes by drummer Simon Lucas, saxophonist Matt Brogdon and guitarist Jesse Elias. Brad Moore plays bass.

The Wednesday Combo debuts their jazz arrangement of "Claire de Lune" by Claude Debussy, as well as originals by saxophonist Josh Nelson and pianist Aber Miller. The other players are Max Brunsfeld on guitar, Michael Dieter on bass and John Evans on drums.

Together with an original tune by drummer Jonathan Kipp, the Friday Combo plays two jazz classics: “Dolphin Dance” by Herbie Hancock, and “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter. Sky Miller is on tenor sax, Joel Bettencourt on piano and Michael Smith on bass.

“As a result of this process,” notes Aldag, “each combo has its own character and personality.”

Tickets for the Jazz Combos program are $6 general, $2 student/senior, HSU students free with ID, from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Produced by the HSU Department of Music: 826-3531.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Projection for Harmonic Awakenings from HSU dance production, Journeys Before Waking. Photo by Lost Coast Studio. Posted by Picasa
Harmonic Awakenings

A recital of new electronic and chamber works composed by Humboldt State University students and faculty will be presented on Friday, October 20 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets: $6 general, $2 students/seniors, HSU students free with ID, from HSU ticket office (826-3928) or at the door. Presented by the HSU Department of Music: 826-3531.

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It’s not background music anymore. Harmonic Awakenings, a recital of new musical works composed by Humboldt State University students and faculty members, will feature several pieces written and recorded for stage performance, dance and film. But this time they will be heard in full and (except for electronic works) live.

These chamber and electronic compositions include music by HSU professor and music composition teacher Brian Post, heard recently as part of the multimedia dance performance, Journeys Before Waking, presented at HSU in September. Excerpts from the dances choreographed by HSU Dance teachers Jandy Bergmann and Sharon Butcher will also be presented.

Works by HSU students comprise the rest of the program. A nonet written by Yong Joo Sim for the play, “Artemisia,” presented by the Dell’Arte Company this summer, will be performed live for the first time. It features violinist Rob Diggins, violist Jolianne Von Einem, and bassist Shao Way Wu.

Composed for the soundtrack of a documentary film, Halim Beere’s three-movement work will be performed by Beere on violin and John Chernoff on piano.

The program also includes three woodwind quintets written by Jeannete Kyle, Halim Beere and Josh Nelson.

Listeners may detect influences of such composers as Aaron Copland, Phillip Glass and Claude Debussy, Professor Post suggests, in “an eclectic and unique tapestry of sound.”

Harmonic Awakenings will be presented on Friday, October 20 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets: $6 general, $2 students/seniors, HSU students free with ID, from HSU ticket office (826-3928) or at the door. Presented by the HSU Department of Music: 826-3531.

More photographs and information on Journeys Before Waking here.

Friday, October 06, 2006

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Humboldt Symphony

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Deborah Clasquin on piano, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony #31 will be played by the Humboldt Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Ayoob conducting, on October 13 and 14 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $6 general, $2 students and seniors, free to HSU students with ID, at HSU ticket office or at the door. Reservations: 826-3928.

George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring Humboldt favorite, Deborah Clasquin at the piano, plus Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and a symphony by Mozart---it’s a combination that seems tailor-made for audience enthusiasm.

That’s the program for the Humboldt Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of its 81st season, to be performed on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $6 general, $2 students and seniors; free to HSU students with ID.

While acknowledging that these works are among the most exciting and popular in the classical repertoire, Humboldt Symphony conductor Kenneth Ayoob didn’t choose them for that reason. “That audiences will relate to this music is important,” he said, “but it wasn’t my primary consideration in choosing the program.”

The Humboldt Symphony Orchestra is comprised of community members (including several advanced high school players) but mostly of “a richer mix of HSU students than it’s had in awhile,” Ayoob said. As a professor of Music and chair of the HSU Music department, he began his selection process with the question, “What do the students need to know about?”

His first answer was simple: Beethoven.

“There are certain things about the way a Beethoven piece is constructed that students need to learn---he’s not like anybody else,” Ayoob said. Beethoven’s Symphony #5 “ is a work they should know, and they should know it from the inside.”

Mozart is similarly indispensable. “In building an orchestra, it’s always good to do Mozart. He wrote so much, especially for strings. We’ve got a particularly rich mix in strings this year.”

Ayoob chose Mozart’s Symphony #31 (known as the “Paris” symphony) partly because it also had good parts for the wind section. “I’ve got a fairly young wind section,” he said, “so I wanted to make sure they got this experience. This is something they can really do.”

It also becomes part of celebrating the 250th anniversary year of Mozart’s birth, which began with the Humboldt Symphony performing a Mozart concerto at their last concert, and the Faculty Artist Series Mozart concert last spring. “It’s short for a symphony,” Ayoob noted. “Just under 20 minutes, so it’s a good opener.”

The reason for selecting Gershwin’s most famous composition-- and one of the most famous pieces of American music-- was slightly different. “Deborah Clasquin and I had talked about her doing something with the orchestra for awhile,” Ayoob said, “and she told me she felt ready now, and she wanted to do ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.”

But Ayoob also saw the advantages for the student players. “I thought it would be great,” he said, “and also good experience for the orchestra. There are actually parts for saxophones in it, so a lot of our sax players who don’t often get the opportunity to play in the orchestra get to play this.” Employing as much of the orchestra as possible was also a consideration in choosing Beethoven’s Fifth. “It has trombones.”

After serving as conductor of the Eureka Symphony, Ayoob is beginning his fourth year conducting the Humboldt Symphony Orchestra. He’s hoping the trend of more student participation will continue. “We’d love to see more student players join us.”

Tickets for the October 13 and 14 concerts may be purchased at HSU ticket office or at the door. For reservations or information, call 826-3928.

The Program

Humboldt Symphony Orchestra:

Kenneth Ayoob, conductor
Karen Davy, assistant conductor

Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th 2006
8:00 PM Fulkerson Rectial Hall

Symphony #31 (Paris) in D, k. 300a W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Allegro assai

Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
(1898 – 1937)
Deborah Clasquin, piano arranged by Ferde Grofe


Symphony #5, op. 67 in C minor Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770 – 1827)
Allegro con brio
Andante con moto
Allegro - presto

The Players

Halim Beere, concertmaster
Ellis Britton
Sasha Chandler, associate concertmaster
Karen Normandia Davy, principal 2nd
Mary De Andreis
Bailey Dunwoody
Chelsea Morden
Kit Dols Morris
Marie Van Luven

Rebecca Downey
Mattie Eckstrom
Natalie Kramer
Don Morris
Maria Siler
Maria Zazueta

Laura Boxton
Christy Coranado
Margaret Burton
Mary Dunn
Cassie Moulton
Jack Turner
Andy Triechak, principal

Bobby Amirkan
Joshua Boronkay
Anastasia Ciau
Mary Delo
Rebekha Kass-Lent
Maia Wiitala
Shao Way Wu, principal, HSU faculty

Kate Bernet
Jacquelyn Joseph
Gabriel Roddenborn

Jacquelyn Joseph

Brittany DePew
Maxine Sherry

Stephanie Douglass
Melissa Gussin
Jamie Parisi

Bass Clarinet
Melissa Gussin

Aaron Lopez
Karen Mejia

Jeanette Kyle
Dellamay Miller
Sky Miller

Christine Forman
Anwyn Halladay
Spencer Hitzerroth
Matt Morgan
Mike Thompson

Kyle Kaufman
Michel Navedo
Thomas Obeso

Leah Jmaeff
Talon Nansel
Thomas Obeso
Kearney Vander Sal

Andrew Miller

Amy Cadle

Daniel Grantz
Tyler Hunt
Jonathon Kipp
Kevin Repp
Rudy Slizewski

Annabelle Cannon

Performers are listed alphabetically in order to emphasize the importance of each member’s contribution.


North Coast Journal: "Sit down and make a list of the top 10 most memorable passages from classical music. Done? Ok, your number one is the thundering opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony--the 'da-da-da-DUM.' Somewhere in your top five, probably, is the thrilling clarinet glissando that kicks off George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue.' This weekend, you can have the somewhat unusual experience of hearing the Humboldt Symphony perform one right after the other. Inspired programming?

'When I sat down and looked at the program, I thought, 'This is kind of odd,' said conductor Kenneth Ayoob last week. But he noted that the Symphony has two functions--to teach students the nuts-and-bolts pieces they'll likely be playing throughout the rest of their careers, and to provide a program that the public will want to hear. Ths weekend's shows fulfill the first mission in spades, Ayoob figures.

How about the second? Well, the top dog Humboldt County pianist Deborah Clasquin taking the solo piano part for 'Rhapsody' (her first performance of the piece in Humboldt County, Ayoob believes) there's little danger of poor attendance."--Hank Sims

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

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Celebrating Robert Schumann

An eclectic survey of the composer’s work in honor of the 150th anniversary of his death, is presented on Sunday, October 8 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. This Faculty Artist Series concert is performed by faculty members of the HSU Music and German departments. It features early, late, famous and off-the-beaten track selections for instrumental ensembles and voice. Tickets are $8 general, $3 students and seniors, at the HSU box office and at the door. 826-3928.

Schumann’s early work is represented by the very earliest: the “Abegg Variations, Opus 1,” featuring John Chernoff on piano, is the first piece Schumann wrote that he thought was good enough to give an opus number.

At the other extreme, Schumann composed “Fairytales,” Op. 132” for clarinet (Virginia Ryder), viola (Karen Davy) and piano (Robert Elfline), in the last healthy period of his creative life.

His “Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 44” is one of Schumann’s most famous compositions, considered among the greatest chamber music pieces of all time. It will be played at HSU by Cindy Moyer (violin), John Chernoff (piano), Halim Beere (violin), Carol Jacobson (cello) and Karen Davy (viola.)

Schumann was famous for his songs, and his song cycle “Frauenliebe und Leben” is considered a masterpiece. This selection features soprano Elisabeth Harrington.

In the “off-the-beaten-path” category are several Melodramas he composed, matching music with poetic ballads (the word “melodrama” basically means drama with melody.) This unusual combination features piano (Robert Elfline) and spoken texts (by narrators Kay LaBahn Clark and Dorothy Pendelton.)

The evening begins wth Shumann’s “Phantasiest├╝cke for Clarinet and Piano op. 73 “ performed by Kenneth Ayoob on clarinet and John Chernoff on piano.

Robert Schumann was born in 1810 in Zwickau, Germany. He was interested in music and literature, but pursued a law degree at the University of Leipzig. His engagement to Clara Wieck caused a prolonged and bitter legal battle with her father, an acclaimed piano teacher. They married in 1840. By then he had begun composing, and was also a well-known music critic. Towards the end of his life his eccentricities darkened (he would adopt different personalities for different occasions, each with separate names), and after several suicide attempts, he lived his last two years in an asylum. Schumann died in 1856.


Kenneth Ayoob, clarinet
Halim Beere, violin
John Chernoff, piano
Kay LaBahn Clark, narrator
Karen Davy, viola
Robert Elfline, piano
Carol Jacobson, cello
Elisabeth Harrington, soprano
Cindy Moyer, violin
Dorothy Pendelton, narrator
Virginia Ryder, clarinet.

Monday, October 02, 2006

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Midnight Jazz-tet

The Midnight Jazz-tet, led by HSU professor Gil Cline and comprised of HSU jazz alumni, will make a rare appearance on Saturday October 7 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus. The octet of five horns and rhythm section plays Cline’s original compositions in a variety of styles, including blues, bop, cool, swing, funk and various Latin beats. Tickets are $8 general, $3 seniors and students, available from the HSU ticket office at 826-3928. This Faculty Artist Series event is presented by the HSU Department of Music.

The octet of five horns and rhythm section plays Cline’s original compositions in a variety of styles, including blues, bop, cool jazz, swing, funk, jazz waltz and various Latin beats.

“As a composer I’ve found that using five horn players allows tremendous possibilities,” Cline said. He composes and orchestrates for various combinations of trumpet, trombone and alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, with a range of other instruments these same musicians play, such as clarinet, flute, flugelhorn, and even tuba, vibes and piccolo. “In the end there’s a lot of elbow room for all the musicians to take solos, to jam and stretch out.”

As pioneered by such jazz greats as Miles Davis, the jazz octet emphasizes improvisation. “Since there is so little music in print for an ensemble of this size,” Cline said, “I’ve been writing my own.” Besides some two dozen works for the Midnight Jazz-tet, Cline’s compositions have been played by other groups, such as San Francisco’s West Coast Cool, and a number of them will soon be published in New York by Jazzlines.

The HSU show will feature some of these new, original works in the American jazz medium. Originally formed in 1994, the current Midnight Jazz-tet is comprised of HSU jazz alumni from some of Cline's HSU P.M. Jazz Bands of the 1980s and 90s, which played on a number of CenterArts concerts including those with Louis Bellson, Herbie Mann, Gerald Wilson and Poncho Sanchez.

The Midnight horn section features Cline on trumpet and flugelhorn, Matt Machen on alto sax, Randy Carrico on tenor and soprano sax, Gregg Moore on trombone, and Chris Larsen on baritone sax. Cline adds that listeners attending the concert will hear one of the best jazz rhythm sections in Northern California, with pianist Darius Brotman, bass guru Shao Way Wu, and the versatile Mike LaBolle on drums.

Professor of Music Dr. Gilbert Cline is HSU’s teacher of Studio Trumpet, and leads the Brass Ensembles as well as the Midnight Jazz-tet. He has performed as a trumpet soloist with Seattle Baroque, American Bach Solosts, Portland Baroque Orchestra and many other orchestras and ensembles.

Tickets are $8 general, $3 seniors and students, available from the HSU ticket office at 826-3928. This is a Faculty Artist Series event presented by the HSU Department of Music.


Eureka Times-Standard by Jarad Petroske: It's called the Midnight Jazz-tet. It consists of eight players, produces a wall of sound, and requires myriad sports analogies to describe this seemingly unique idea. In a switch up of the usual jazz combo, and an eschewing of the big band style, Humboldt State University music professor Gil Cline is bringing out an octet for an evening of original compositions.

After leading the big bands and jazz combos at HSU, Cline is looking outside of this framework and taking a nod from Miles Davis' work on his monumental 1949 recording for Blue Note Records, “The Birth of Cool.” “(Davis') group existed just for that recording, but it set a new style for how you could write for, in this case, six horns,” Cline said in a phone interview on Tuesday.

And writing new music is something Cline is not shying away from with this project. These days, jazz performances typically feature the standards we've all come to know and love and, not unlike a basketball pick-up game, the music takes an organic form that drifts in and out as soloists find their voices and chase ideas that work and leave behind those that don't.

"Of Jazz and Basketball" by Bryan Radzin in HSU Lumberjack: "The freedom of jazz music is apparent, and can be healing to the soul." "'The audience that attends this show will hear compositions with unpredictable elements," Cline said, about the soloists and the choices they have. 'It's like a high-wire act without a net.'"