Saturday, October 17, 2009

What’s Up, Doc? Symphonic Band and Jazz Orchestra Concert

The HSU Symphonic Band begins the new school year with a short but eclectic program, featuring “Cartoon” by composer Paul Hart, a tribute to the classic cartoon scores of the golden age of Warner Brothers: the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, Tweety and Sylvester, in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

“One can hear the cat chase the mouse, the anvil fall from the sky, and the rousing overture under the opening credits,” said Symphonic Band conductor Kenneth Ayoob.

In contrast, the Symphonic Band also plays “Elegy” by John Barnes Chance, “one of the most poignant and expressive works in the band literature.” “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik is based on the classic Shaker tune, “Simple Gifts.”

For the concert’s second half, the HSU Jazz Orchestra takes over, performing “Razor’s Edge” by Dave Holland, the classic “Caravan” by Duke Ellington, and “Yes or No” by Wayne Shorter. This year the Jazz Orchestra is directed by noted bassist Shao Way Wu, now teaching at HSU.

The Symphonic Band and Jazz Orchestra perform their joint concert on Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $7 general, $3 students/seniors, from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Free to HSU students with ID.

Media: HSU Now, Arcata Eye.

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