Friday, December 13, 2013

HSU Large Ensembles in Centennial Concert 

 The first of two concerts celebrating Humboldt State’s centennial presents the large ensembles of the HSU Music Department performing new and historic works on Friday December 13 in the Van Duzer Theatre.

 Ensembles performing include Humboldt Symphony, Symphonic Band, Humboldt Bay Brass Band, Jazz Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, University Singers, Humboldt Chorale and Guitar Ensemble. They celebrate and reference not only HSU’s 100 years, but a century of music performed by HSU ensembles.

 Highlights of the concert include a combined performance of Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom by the Humboldt Symphony, the University Singers and Humboldt Chorale.  The 1943 work incorporates Thomas Jefferson’s words, and became a patriotic favorite during and after World War II. The Symphony will also play excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite.

 The Humboldt Bay Brass plays Centennial Flourish, "Sempre Pro Veritas" (Always for Truth),” a new piece by its director Gilbert Cline, and a work combining two marches from the early 20th century by local musicians Bert Pasco and Frank Flowers.

 The program ends with the HSU Alma Mater, newly arranged by HSU music composition professor Brian Post. It is performed by the Symphonic Band and the two vocal ensembles, and conducted by music professor Kenneth Ayoob, currently Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

 A second Centennial Concert is planned for the spring semester, featuring small ensembles.

 The Centennial Concert featuring HSU large ensembles is performed on Friday December 13 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre at HSU. Tickets from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. $8/$5 seniors and children. HSU students with ID admitted free. Concert is produced by HSU Music Department.

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