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C of I Music Ensembles to Premiere New Music by Rob Walker

2010. 03. 22.

CALDWELL - The Music Department of the College of Idaho proudly announces a special performance by the College's music ensembles on April 6, 2010, at 7:00 pm in the Langroise Recital Hall on the campus of the College of Idaho. The concert is free and open to students and the general public.

Rob Walker, Director of Instrumental Jazz at the College of Idaho, has composed new works for the College Concert Band, Sinfonia String Ensemble, and the Symphonic Choir. In addition, the New Trio Plus Jazz Ensemble will also perform new compositions. The concert will feature music from a wide range of genres and styles.

"Writing nearly 75 minutes of new music for over 125 musicians is a daunting task. I am delighted to be able to showcase the talents of these exceptional college musicians," said Walker.

The Program

"Sounds of Lincoln" is an eleven-minute work for concert band. Walker weaves themes from Lincoln's actual presidential campaign, battle songs, and music from his funeral to create an emotional tribute to our sixteenth president. The College of Idaho Concert Band is under the direction of Curt Griffiths.

"Lilies" is a new work for full symphonic choir. The text is based on the poetry of Oregon-based Robert Heine. The piece is an extended work for SATB choir under the direction of Sean Rogers.

"Sonata for Flugelhorn, Piano, and Strings" will be premiered featuring the strings of the Sinfonia String Ensemble under the baton of Sam Smith. This piece features the flugelhorn, which is rarely featured as a solo instrument in a classical setting. Walker will perform as the flugelhorn soloist and will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Lisa Derry, dean of the College's music department. The work combines traditional harmonic approaches with elements of serial composition.

"Sounds of Sebesky" will feature the Sinfonia String Ensemble, the Symphonic Choir, along with the New Trio Plus Jazz Ensemble. This piece attempts to capture the essence of the darker cinematic sounds of New York in the late 1970's. The textures of over 80 voices and strings complement the stellar melodic themes of the jazz quintet