The program celebrates the 70th birthday of John Rutter and will feature a performance of arguably his finest work, the Gloria, scored for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, percussion, organ and chorus. Also on the program are sacred works for choir by Gustav Holst and Max Filke. A quote from Rutter himself: "Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts.
On Sunday December 6th, the UNH Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the UNH Dance Department in a presentation of two Tchaikovsky favorites. Graduate conducting student Ashley Paradis will present selections from Suite No. 4, "Mozartiana", Tchaikovsky's tribute to his favorite composer. Dr. David Upham will then lead the symphony and dancers in excerpts from Tchaikovsky' beloved ballet, The Nutcracker. The concert will be held at 8 pm in the Johnson Theater on the UNH Durham campus, and is free and open to the public.
The Concert Band portion of the program will include Eaglecrest by James Barnes (led by graduate conductor Kayla Peard), The Eighth Candle by Steve Reisteter , and An American in Paris by George Gershwin. The Symphonic Band will perform the music of Percy Grainger, Malcolm Arnold, and Jack Stamp.
The Department of Music presents the UNH Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, Jr. and graduate conductor, Kayla Peard. The program celebrates the work of graduate students Paul Cravens, candidate for Master of Arts in Composition, and Kayla Peard, candidate for Master of Arts in Conducting. The program will include Cravens’ composition Toward a Dream of Tomorrow conducted by Boysen, as well as the third movement, “Lento”, from Philip Sparke’s Dance Movements and Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance conducted by Peard.
The Jazz Bands will be hosting saxophonist Donny McCaslin in a short residency during the week of December 7. He will be joining one of the bands in concert on December 9, 2016 at 8 pm in Johnson Theater. In addition to his performance with the band McCaslin will give an improvisation clinic, working with some of the student combos.