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USU Alumni Band July 27: Music of WWII

Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

clarinetist Tad Calcara performs with the USU Alumni Band

Utah Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist Tad Calcara is one of two guest artists to join the USU Alumni Band for its July 27 concert.

violinist Lynn Maxine Rosen performs with USU's Alumni Band

Violinist Lynn Maxine Rosen, also from the Utah Symphony Orchestra, is the second guest performing with the USU Alumni Band in its indoor concert presented at the Chase Fine Arts Center's Kent Concert Hall.

In a departure from the usual outdoor setting, Utah State University presents its Alumni Band in concert July 27 at 7 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Logan campus.

“This concert will focus on the music of World War II,” said Nick Morrison, conductor and senior associate dean in the Caine College of the Arts.

Morrison also said Tad Calcara, principal clarinet of the Utah Symphony, and Lynn Maxine Rosen, violin in the Utah Symphony, will be soloists at the concert. The Larry Smith Jazz Kicks Big Band will also perform at intermission.

Calcara has been principal clarinet of the Utah Symphony since 1999. He studied clarinet at the Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Calcara can also be heard playing chamber music in Salt Lake City or leading his 16-piece New Deal Swing Big Band, which specializes in classic jazz and swing music.

Rosen has played first and second violin, as well as viola, with the Utah Symphony for 26 years. She received a bachelor of music in violin performance with Honors at Indiana State University and has studied with Joachim Chassman, Josef Gingold and Joseph Silverstein. Rosen also founded and manages the Jupiter Trio.

The Larry Smith Jazz Kicks Big Band is led by USU professor emeritus Larry Smith and is comprised of other local musicians who like playing jazz music. Smith served as director of jazz studies in the CCA for more than 30 years until 2002.

Morrison said they chose the WWII theme because soldiers throughout the ages have taken their culture with them, including American servicemen in WWII. Popular music at the time was jazz and swing from musicians like Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, who would also perform for thousands of troops.

“In the same way that one cannot separate music from the historical context in which it was created, one cannot separate the times from the music,” said Morrison.

Looking ahead, this year’s final Alumni Band concert is Aug. 10.

All Alumni Band performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The final concert returns to the USU Quad. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the Kent Concert Hall.

For more information, visit the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.

Related links:

USU Department of Music

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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