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Arts / Entertainment

Wind Ensemble and Symphonice Band Pops Concert

April 30, 2009

The Colorado State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band explore classic and modern-day dance music when the School of the Arts presents Let's Dance!, a pastiche of contemporary wind band music.

Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert
“Let’s Dance!”
Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington St.

$10, $5/CSU students, $5/youth (ages 6-17)
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Under the direction of Miller Asbill, the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band present music with origins in dance, including:

  • Renaissance dances
  • a polka, Mozart minuets
  • funk
  • Cajun dances
  • Jewish wedding music
  • music from the Icelandic-born pop singer Bjork.

Fun concept concert

“I sought ways to expand the boundaries of both what the audience and performers believe about the modern-day concert band,” says Asbill, associate director of bands. “Most audiences don’t go to a concert band concert and expect funk to be played!"

Asbill chose selections from many genres and style periods for this fun concept concert to “entice the senses in a way that only music can.”

Something for everyone

“There most certainly will be something of interest for everyone,” he says. The evening features CSU faculty member Michelle Stanley, flute, in “Concertino” by the contemporary composer Jonathan Newman. The piece calls for a small accompanying ensemble of nine players, and the flute solo part incorporates alto flute, flute and piccolo. “Concertino” explores the lively French chamber wind literature of the early 20th Century while juxtaposing the flute solo with the delicate intimacy of the chamber ensemble.

In addition, the Symphonic Band will perform “Chunk”, a funk piece by Newman. The composer wrote that the piece “owes major favors to George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Prince, and Beck, just to name a few.”

School of the Arts

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603