Jorgensen welcomes his colleague from South Dakota State University, percussionist Aaron Ragsdale, to perform a concert of saxophone and percussion duo music. Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. Ragsdale released their first CD, A Miraculous Tale: Mixed Music for Percussion and Saxophone, in March of 2017 on the Centaur Record label. They will be performing works by John Fitz Rogers, Halim El-Dabh, Nathan Daughtrey, Steve Danyew, Astor Piazzolla, and Steve Snowden. The concert is free and open to the public.
It is with great joy and pride that the UNH Opera program announces its upcoming program of the music of NH born composer Amy Beach. Our students, under the direction of David Ripley and pianist Elizabeth Blood, will present many of her wonderful, heartfelt songs and her only opera, Cabildo.
Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend, - a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer - and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929. Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Few jazz musicians can claim to be true innovators and even fewer can boast of a performing and recording career that literally redefines the term "jazz". Benny Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as: Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Stablemates Whisper Not, Blues March, Five Spot After Dark, Are you Real?
Eric Lu has already established himself as one of the finest pianists of the younger generation. In 2013, at the age of 15, he was admitted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he currently studies.
In the recent years, Lu has received top prizes at a number of major international competitions. In August of 2014, he received the 1st prize at the 9th Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. In 2013, Lu triumphed at the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition, receiving the 1st Prize, along with the special Schubert Prize. Moreover, in 2010, Lu won the 1st Prize of the prestigious 12th Ettlingen International Competition in Germany.
The University of New Hampshire Department of Music presents the New Hampshire Youth Band, under the direction of Mark DeTurk and Eric Kobb, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 in Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center, on the Durham campus.
The New Hampshire Youth Band provides an enrichment experience to dedicated players of concert band instruments in middle school and high school, grades 6-12. The band is conducted by Professor Mark DeTurk, Coordinator of Music Education at UNH, and Eric Kobb, Band Director at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Paul Creative Arts Center at the University of New Hampshire.