HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
Three concerts headline The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music's concert calendar in the upcoming week. The Symphonic Winds kick things off Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium, followed by guest flutist Raffaele Trevisani on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium. Finally, the Wind Ensemble performs with Trevisani on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. All concerts are free and open to the public.
The Symphonic Winds, under the direction of associate director of bands Dr. Colin McKenzie, perform a diverse selection of wind band music. The program includes J.S. Bach's Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572, Eric Whitacre's Seal Lullaby, Gordon Jacob's William Byrd Suite, John Mackey's Clocking and Richard Wagner's Huldigungsmarsch.
"I am very excited to be part of the Symphonic Winds performance at the beginning of October," said McKenzie. "This is my first concert performance with the group and in Hattiesburg. It is my hope that anyone who might attend will have at last one work on the program which resonates with them in a meaningful way."
Next, renowned flutist Raffaele Trevisani returns, bringing his artistry to Hattiesburg. His virtuosic technique and brilliant musical personality are consistently praised by the public and critics. Trevisani studied with Sir James Galway who regards him as "one of the best flutists of the day for his beautiful singing tone, perfect technique and dedication to the art of music."
Southern Miss associate professor of flute, Danilo Mezzadri, will join Trevisani on a charming duet show-piece featuring melodies from the Opera Il Guarany by the Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes. Together, they are participating on a recording project with Mr. Trevisani, featuring flutists around the world.
"Mr. Trevisani is very happy to be coming back to Southern Miss," said Mezzadri. "He was very impressed by the high level of our flute studio and our ensembles."
Wrapping up the week of concerts is the Wind Ensemble under the baton of directors of band, Dr. Catherine Rand. The program opens with two of the cornerstone works for band, Grainger's Lincolnshire Posey and Chaminade's Concertino for Flute featuring Trevisani.
The second half of the concert begins and ends with compositions that have won the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the John Phillip Sousa Foundation Ostwald Award. Pale Blue on Deep by Aaron Perinne, experiments with the color and timbre of the wind ensemble, while Flourishes and Meditations by Michael Gandolfi, brings the listener on a journey through the styling of the Renaissance's period.
"This concert really showcases the cornerstone wind band works of the past and those of our future," said Rand. "It is a concert that each member of the audience can relate to, from the beauty of the musical line to the dance rhythms of days gone by."
For more information on the band concerts, please contact University Bands at 601.266.4990.