February 17, 2014

Wind Band Festival to Foster Artistry, Camaraderie

Composer Viet Cuong

The Music Department will host the second annual Sonoma Invitational Wind Band Festival starting at 8 a.m. on March 7 at the Green Music Center. The Sonoma Invitational is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with special emphases on artistry, education, and camaraderie.

Dr. Andy Collinsworth, SSU director of bands and music education, serves as host and director. This year’s panel of adjudicators includes Dr. Rodney Dorsey (Oregon State University); Dr. Daniel Schmidt (Northern Arizona University); Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro (Fullerton College); and Dr. Shannon Kitelinger (San Diego State University).

Each of the thirteen participating ensembles will receive a DVD of its performance and ensemble conductors will receive an additional video of their performance with adjudicator feedback.

SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Guests to Present Free Concerts

Two performances by the SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble will take place at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. in Weill Hall under the baton of festival host Andy Collinsworth. The SSU ensemble will spotlight visiting composer Viet Cuong, whose 2011 Sound and Smoke received the American Bandmaster’s Association/Walter Beeler Prize. Cuong's residency includes rehearsals and a guest appearance at the Composer's Forum at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in GMC 2052.

The concerts will also feature a duo performance by Studio instructors Dave Scott, trumpet, and Anthony Collins, trombone, who will play the solo leads in Joseph Turrin’s Fandango for trumpet, trombone and wind ensemble.

Participating Ensembles
  • Casa Grande High School Symphonic Band, Arlene Burney, conductor
  • Albany High School Wind Ensemble, Craig Bryant, conductor
  • Pioneer High School Wind Ensemble, Robert Rogers, conductor
  • James Logan High School Wind Symphony, Adam Wilke, conductor
  • Clovis West High School Wind Symphony, John Lack, Mike Malatesta, Pat Absalonson, conductors
  • De La Salle High School Concert Band, Larry Colon, conductor
  • Lynbrook High School Wind Ensemble, Michael Pakaluk, conductor
  • Northgate High School Wind Ensemble, Greg Brown, conductor
  • Santa Monica High School Wind Symphony, Kevin McKeown, conductor
  • Henry Gunn High School Wind Ensemble, Todd Summers, conductor
  • Marin School of the Arts Wind Ensemble, Rebecca d’Alessio, conductor
  • Homestead High School Wind Ensemble, John Burn and Eric Weingartner, conductors                      
  • Amador Valley High School Wind Ensemble, Jonathan Grantham, conductor

All performances are free and open to the public. The $5 daily parking fee will be in effect. Parking for Weill Hall is available in Lots O and L. Contact Dr. Andy Collinsworth for more information.

SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble Program

Bernstein: Overture to Candide  (1956)     
Turina/Reed: La Procession du Rocio  (1913)                                                  
Cuong: Sound and Smoke (2011) 
Maslanka: Requiem (2013)
Turrin: Fandango (2000)  
                                    Dave Scott, trumpet
                                    Anthony Collins, trombone
 Abreu/Iwai: Tico Tico (1917)                               

VIET CUONG: Sound and Smoke
Winner of the 2012 Ithaca College Walter Beeler Memorial Prize.
Both the title and concept of Sound and Smoke were derived from a line from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play Faust, when Faust equates words to “mere sound and smoke” and declares that “feeling is everything.” Each of the two movements has been given an abstract, parenthetical title to further incorporate Goethe’s conjecture that words will never be able to fully express what feelings and, in this case, music can. Therefore, these titles serve merely as starting points for personal interpretation and should not interfere with the music itself.
 
The first movement, (feudal castle lights), blurs the many different timbres of the ensemble to create a resonant and slowly “smoldering” effect. Because reverb is essentially built into the orchestration, harmonies must shift using common tones and are always built upon the notes preceding them. The second and final movement, (avalanche of eyes), opens with an alternating unison-note brass fanfare that is then spun out into a fast-paced toccata. Suspense and excitement are created as the spotlight moves quickly between the various colors of the ensemble and the fanfare is transformed.
 
The original concept of “sound and smoke” unifies these two otherwise dissimilar movements; often times ideas are presented and then promptly left behind or transformed. Musical events therefore appear and dissipate as quickly as sound and smoke.
 

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Scott received his bachelor of music degree from Arizona State University, where he was a student of Sam Pilafian, and attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Floyd Cooley. He is a full-time professional musician, keeping a schedule which includes private studio teaching and performing with orchestras throughout California. He frequently performs with the San Francisco Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, and also records with Skywalker Studios. Currently, Scott is principal tuba with the Fresno Philharmonic, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Vallejo Symphony and Stockton Symphony. He has also taught tuba performance at Fresno Pacific University, UC Davis and San Jose State University.

 

JOSEPH TURRIN: Fandango

Written on commission in 2000 by the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony for New York Philharmonic Orchestra players Philip Smith, trumpet, and Joseph Alessi, trombone.
Joseph Turrin studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and has pursued a career that has always been multifaceted. As a composer, he has produced works in many genres. Among the many commissioned works in his catalogue, highlights include Hemispheres commissioned for Kurt Masur's final concert with the New York Philharmonic in May 2002 and taken on tour by Masur and the orchestra to Europe and Asia.

His six-minute Fandango for solo trumpet, trombone and wind band, explores the rhythmic, melodic and syncopated elements of the Spanish fandango dance form (a lively dance in triple time for two dancers). The work divides itself into three sections:
The first is a combination of lively melodic and articulated interplay between the trumpet, trombone and wind symphony. There is a stately chorale in the woodwinds that opens section two. The trombone adds itself to this material culminating in a short cadenza leading into the third section. Section three is a basic recap of the opening material, but this time the soloists work the themes into a canon. There is a brief return of the chorale, this time for full ensemble, and then a fast coda reiterating the work's various rhythmic elements.

 

 

SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Andy Collinsworth, conductor


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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