FLORENCE — The University of North Alabama Wind Ensemble, conducted by Lloyd Jones and assistant conductor Iain Moyer, will present “Something Old, New, Borrowed and Red, White & Blue!” at 7:30 tonight at Norton Auditorium on UNA’s campus.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $5 for students, and can be purchased either in advance online at una.edu/music-theatre or at the door. All military personnel will be admitted free.
Jones, director of UNA Bands, promises a diverse and interesting repertoire.
“(Students) have worked diligently to provide the audience with a diverse musical program that is well-prepared and incredibly enjoyable,” he said. “We are fortunate to have such talented students participating in the UNA Bands.”
The wind ensemble is the flagship instrumental ensemble within the UNA Bands, Jones said. This group of approximately 60 members performs the highest quality contemporary and traditional wind-band literature.
The performance will open with a century-old circus march by Karl King. “The Melody Shop” is one of King’s earliest-written pieces, rumored to have been the result of a challenge from a stranger, and features a notoriously difficult baritone part.
It will be followed by “Angels in the Architecture,” by Frank Ticheli, which was commissioned in 2008 by a band of musicians from Australia and the United States. In this work, divine and evil take musical form as opposing forces. The ensemble will create unusual acoustics by playing tuned flexible pipes, called whirlies, and tuned wine glasses.
Next, the Ensemble will perform “Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, which was premiered in London in 1922. The four-movement piece incorporates English folk songs and dance tunes and dynamic progressions.
The ensemble has prepared a special segment in recognition of military bands from all branches, as well as active and veteran military personnel and their families.
The UNA Studio Jazz Band will entertain during the second half of the program. Many of the 32 musicians in this ensemble also are performers in the wind ensemble. The group consists of the standard big-band instrumentation, augmented with flutes, clarinets, horns, a tuba and a mallet percussionist.
For details, contact the UNA Department of Music and Theatre at 256-765-5122.