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ISU Wind Ensemble and Civic Concert Band Performance set for Feb. 22

The ISU Civic Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will perform on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Erin Armstrong directs the Civic Concert Band, and Patrick Brooks, music professor, directs the Wind Ensemble. The Civic Concert Band will feature Colin Brien, Century High School’s director of bands, performing a solo for French horn by Camille Saint-Saens, “Morceau de Concert”. Other pieces include “Dance of the Jesters” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky from the ballet The Snow Maidens and “Blue” by Robert Smith. John Mackey’s “Foundry” employs numerous percussionists playing “found” percussion instruments like metal kitchen bowls.

The Wind Ensemble performance will feature Kathleen Lane, ISU professor of voice, in a Pocatello premiere performance of William Bolcom’s “Five Cabaret Songs” arranged for voice and wind ensemble. Bolcom, a composer who has often written for voice, taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973 until 2008, and is also a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winner. This piece is a setting of five of the numerous “Cabaret Songs” he originally wrote for piano and voice.

The Wind Ensemble will also be performing Leonard Bernstein’s exuberant “Overture to Candide,” and David Maslanka’s 18-minute emotionally powerful work “Give Us This Day: Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble” The Wind Ensemble performs these two works in Pocatello after a recent successful performance of them at the Idaho Music Educators Association Conference in Rexburg, Idaho.