Spring Concert

  • Apr 10, 2011 2:00 PM
  • McArdle Theatre


Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band

The Campus Concert Band will begin the program with a set that includes "Cajun Folksongs" by Frank Ticheli. This work is a setting of two folksongs from southern Louisiana and was composed as a tribute to this culture. The Campus Concert Band will close with Julius Fucik's grand march, "The Florentiner."

Following the Concert Band, various chamber music ensembles, including the saxophone sextet and trombone quartet, will take the stage to showcase their small group talents.

The concert will conclude with the Superior Wind Symphony. The ensemble returned from a two-day residency in Ironwood, where they worked with area high school and middle school bands and performed an evening concert at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. The symphony will play Bach's "My Jesus, Oh What Anguish," a chorale considered to be one of Bach's most haunting and poignant expressions of sorrow and compassion.

The audience will also be treated to Percy Grainger's "Molly on the Shore" and Johann Strauss' famous "Radetzky March." The highlight of the performance will be John Mackey's "Xerxes." This piece is what the composer calls an "angry concert march." While it maintains the traditional form of a march, the harmonies and tone colors are darker and recollect Xerxes, the King of Persia. The piece features the percussion section on traditional and nontraditional instruments like a brake drum that was picked up from Ed's Iron Salvage.