Whether you’re a lover of jazz music or a connoisseur of the classics, the Brock University Wind Ensemble will strike a chord with any music lover. As the semester comes to a close, the ensemble is proud to present “Jazz, Magic and Classics”.
This will be the ensemble’s final performance in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre as the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts makes its transition to its new downtown location for the fall of 2015
“Under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman, the University Wind Ensemble enjoys a rich tradition of nurturing individual artistic excellence through the study and performance of wind band literature,” said Marie Balsom, the Communications Co-ordinator of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. “Talented brass, woodwind, and percussion performers engage with their peers and conductor while pursuing their passion and enjoyment of music through creative expression.”
The talents of 60 musicians from Brock, various high schools in the region and the local community in St. Catharines are all showcased in the ensemble. Community members include Patrick Beard and Janice Fralick from the Niagara Symphony, Mary Sobota and Joanne Romanow from the Burlington Concert Band as well as Kelly Hindrichs, Michael Hindrichs, Peter Macdonald, Frances Cohen, Mary-Anne Pearson, David Pearson, and Graham Young from Hamilton’s Symphony on the Bay.
The high school students included in the ensemble are Austin Meisel from Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School (Grimsby); Lindsey Cook from E. L. Crossley (Pelham); Makayla Todd, Charles Ellingham, and Todd Morgan from Laura Secord (St. Catharines); Noah DeRoy from Port Colborne High School (Port Colborne) and Rebecca Heathcote from Bishop Ryan Secondary School (Hamilton).
“Our final concert in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre will feature an intriguing mix of different musical styles and two talented soloists, our very own Sarah McKean and Donnie Thompson,” said Kalman in a press released. “From the high energy “Overture to Candide,” to the splendid melodies of “The Magic Ballroom,” and the ever popular “Take Five,” our repertoire will highlight the versatility and brilliance of this dedicated group and offer non-stop entertainment for all ages.”
Works featured in “Jazz, Magic and Classics” include melodies from both the past and present, including “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, “Clarinet Concerto” by Philip Sparke, “Ross Roy” by Jacob de Haan, “Suite Française” by Darius Milhaud; “Take Five” by Paul Desmond – Bobby Herriot (featuring Donnie Thompson); “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli; “The Magic Ballroom” by Luigi Zaninelli; “Commando March” by Samuel Barber; and “The Symphonic Gershwin” by Warren Barker.
“Jazz, Magic and Classics” is performed in part of Brock University’s Festival of the Arts which features a wide array of artistic events.
The performance will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Tickets are $8.85 general admission and are free to Brock University students with valid student ID. Purchase tickets at the Centre for the Arts Box Office, 905.688.5550 ext.3257, or at the door. Visit arts.brocku.ca for more information.