‘Dance Rhythms’ Will Showcase Students’ Musical Prowesses

The wind ensemble will present their first concert of the semester, “Dance Rhythms,” featuring the world premiere of “Chant-Fanfare,” a piece by doctoral student Garrett Schumann from the University of Michigan.

Jonathan Caldwell, interim director of bands at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, described the event as a way to showcase high-caliber student talent.

“The wind ensemble is the most advanced winds-only group on campus,” Caldwell said. “So, it is an opportunity to showcase the wide-ranging talents of our students.”

The concert premieres on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center. The concert will include music from a number of composers, including Pedro Iturralde’s “Pequeña Czarda,” which will feature UWSP professor Preston Duncan on saxophone. Iturralde is a Spanish composer, but “czarda” is a Hungarian dance.

"Dance Rhythms" will take place Friday, March 6th at 7:30pm in Michelsen Hall in the NFAC. Photo courtesy of jazz.sanjavier.es

“Dance Rhythms” will take place Friday, March 6th at 7:30pm in Michelsen Hall in the NFAC. Photo courtesy of jazz.sanjavier.es

Caldwell said every piece in the program has some link to dance.

“Galliard battaglia,” first published in 1621 by Samuel Scheidt, was chosen to precede Schumann’s “Chant-Fanfare” because of the songs’ similar styles.

“The premiere piece uses antiphonal brass choirs in a kind of neo-Renaissance style,” Caldwell said. “We are preceding the premiere with a piece for antiphonal Renaissance brass by Samuel Scheidt. The two complement each other nicely.”

Antiphonal brass choirs are split in two and respond to each other’s part.

Caldwell said the concert should have something for everyone.

“Since every piece has dance characteristics, it should be a fun night,” Caldwell said. “The students in the wind ensemble are great musicians who have done a great job preparing for this concert, so I’m looking forward to their performance as much as the audience members.”

 

Dana Peterson
Reporter
dpete060@uwsp.edu

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