BY GRACE MANDATO – ASSISTANT LIVING AND ARTS EDITOR
The Susquehanna Symphonic Band and University Choir will soon perform in their final concerts for the year. The Symphonic Band will perform on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall. The University Choir will perform on Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.
On April 23 the Brass Ensemble will perform first, followed by the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble.
“[The groups] are doing pieces from different eras, different countries and a variety of different composers,” said Eric Hinton, associate professor of music. “There are a lot of pieces on literature.”
The Symphonic Band will perform three movements in “Symphony No. 1, Lord of the Rings” inspired by Tolkien’s books and “The Glass Bead Game” based on William Hesse’s book of the same name.
The University Wind Ensemble will perform “Gallimaufry,” which is based on Shakespeare’s “Henry IV.”
As part of its program, the Symphonic Band will also perform a piece, “Fanfare and Theme” composed by Coleman Rowlett, a senior composition major at Susquehanna.
On April 24, the University Choir will perform several pieces.
Sophomore Sarah Adams, a member of the University Choir, said: “I like the pieces just because there’s such a variety among them—not just in what the audience will be hearing, but in what we as the singers get to do. There are some that are more emotional and some that are just fun, and the difficulty of course differs from song to song.”
“One of the pieces we have been really working on is called ‘To My Parents,’” Julia Thorn, associate professor of music, said. “I think it will be a very meaningful piece on the program for all of the students, in particular the seniors that are gradating.”
Thorn mentioned one song, “Er, Der Herrlichste Von Allen” will be a world premiere. She said it will be recorded at the concert for Santa
Barbara Music Publishing as a demo model on their website.
Both music groups have been preparing all semester.
“[Students in Symphonic Band] have been rehearsing weekly,” Hinton said.
Thorn said that the University Choir rehearses three days a week.
They prepared half of the music in the program before they went on a tour over spring break and have spent the rest of the semester working on the other half.
“The University Choir works really hard,” Thorn said. “They are absolutely fantastic representatives of the university wherever we go.”