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USU's Wind Orchestra Presents Fall Concert 'La Fiesta Mexicana’

Thursday, Nov. 08, 2012

The Utah State University Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Rohrer, will perform its fall concert Friday, Nov. 9, in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The concert headliner is the epic symphony for band by H. Owen Reed La Fiesta Mexicana Rohrer said.  Subtitled “A Mexican Folk Song Symphony for Concert Band,” the work was written in 1949, based on experiences gained during the composer’s five-month sojourn in Mexico on a Guggenheim Fellowship.

“The authentic folk tunes Reed used can be found in Chapala, Jalisco and Guadalajara; other themes were borrowed from Gregorian motifs and Aztec dances,” Rohrer said.

Also included is Dance of the New World, a dance overture by Dana Wilson.

Dance of the New World (1992) was completed the very month — 500 years later — that Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World,” the composer wrote about the composition. “As few journeys have had such an impact on the fate of world culture, this piece is a tribute to the blending of styles and attitudes that has taken place in the Latin American region of this hemisphere where Columbus first landed. It is also intended to suggest the hopeful awakening of the Renaissance that his voyage symbolized.”

Continuing with the Latin theme, the concert also includes the Alfred Reed transcription of the orchestral overture La Procession du Rocio by Joaquin Turina. In the work, Turina portrays a festival and procession that takes place in the Triana neighborhood of Seville, Spain, that honors the Blessed Virgin, Rohrer said.

The work is divided into two movements that are performed without pause, Rohrer said.

“The first movement, Triana en Fete (Festival of Triana), depicts the spirited neighborhood of Triana and is marked by a shift between duple and triple meter,” he said. “The second movement, La Procession, is the slow journey through the town of Triana.”

USU’s Wind Orchestra, known as the “flagship ensemble” of the USU Bands, is a 45-member ensemble of wind and percussion players at the school. Members play contemporary wind music as well as time-tested standards from the band repertoire. The Wind Orchestra performs three concerts in the fall and two concerts in the spring. Members must audition at the outset of each semester. The ensemble has earned an outstanding reputation in the region by performing at the Utah Music Educators Convention and two performances in four years at the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division conference in Reno, Nev.

The USU Bands’ fall schedule includes the annual “Sounds of the Stadium” marching band concert Saturday, Nov. 17, the Symphonic Band and Chamber Ensembles concert Nov. 27 and the Tri-State Band Symposium Sampler and Finale Concerts Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively. Call 435-797-3083 with any questions.

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Source: USU Bands

Contact: Thomas P. Rohrer, 435-797-3004 

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