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The University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley is presenting its annual Winter Concert this coming Sunday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m. The site of the annual music gala is the UWFox Fine Arts Theatre, located in the middle of the campus. The Fox Valley Concert Band and the UWFox Jazz Ensemble present their program FREE, for the public to enjoy.
The Fox Valley Concert Band is a "communiversity band," says UWFox Associate Professor of Music Dave Jordahl. There are more than 60 members, with approximately 40 musicians being members of the greater Fox Cities community - not necessarily students enrolled at UWFox! Ages of the band members range from 18-77 years.
The band members’ backgrounds are quite diverse, too. Some are employed full time with corporations around the Fox Cities, while some are teachers, several are retirees - and, some are students.
All the members perform in the band for the same reason: the love of performing musically.
"The band gave its first concert in May, 1985, and has performed in four concerts per year since then," according to Jordahl.
The University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley is located at 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, between S. Oneida St. on the east, S. Appleton Road on the west, and just south of Hwy. #441. There is plenty of free parking on the west side of the campus.
The Concert Band program for the March 11 concert:
A Jubilant Overture Alfred Reed
A rousing "opener" by one of the finest composers writing in the concert band idiom today.
A Tribute to Grainger arr. by Chalon Ragsdale
Country Gardens: Originally sketched out for "whistlers and instruments" in 1908, it was redone in 1918 for piano, and became the best selling item in the Schott and Schirmer catalog.
Mo Nighean Dubh: from a collection of songs for chorus, written in 1900.
The Gypsy’s Wedding Day: in the repertoire of many Lincolnshire singers who Grainger recorded and noted between 1905 and 1908, he set it for chorus.
March from "Griffelkin" Lukas Foss
From an opera composed for NBC-TV, it received its first five opera performances in Tanglewood, August 1956. The composer, who has been the principal conductor of the of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, made this band arrangement in 1969.
America, the Beautiful Samuel Ward, arr. Carmen Dragon
A popular arrangement by the long-time conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, it has been heard at a number of auspicious occasions, including the recent Presidential Inauguration.
The Ride of the Valkyries, from "Die Walkure" Richard Wagner, arr. by Robert Longfield
From Wagner’s "Ring Cycle" of operas, this piece depicts the Walkyries (the nine daughters of Wotan), carrying fallen warriors from battle while storms subside and lightning flashes. It employs a "leitmotif," a repeating rhythmic idea that symbolizes the characters.
Army of the Nile Kenneth Alford, edited by Frederick Fennell
A "tasteful" British march by the composer of "Colonel Bogey March," it evokes the time in history when British soldiers resided in parts of Africa.
Hooray for Hollywood arr. by Warren Barker
No fewer than eleven movie themes in about 7 minutes. Listen closely!
El Relicario Jose Padilla, arr. by Robert Longfield
A paso doble, a very popular Spanish dance from the 1920’s to the present, performed in a "bravura" style.