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April 23, 2014

Communiversity Band performs Sunday

TAHLEQUAH — Musicians from on and off the Northeastern State University campus have made their final preparations for an upcoming performance of the NSU Communiversity Band.

The ensemble performs Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m., in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts. The conductor is Dr. Norman Wika, associate professor of music and band program director. Guest conductor is student Kameron Parmain. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

“Everything has come together very well this semester,” Wika said.

“We have about 40 musicians, and everyone who started the rehearsals has stuck with it. This could be the best Community Band concert yet.”

The Communiversity Band is a concert ensemble composed of NSU students and members of the Tahlequah community. This year’s band has practiced weekly since January, and the final rehearsal was Tuesday.

Members range in age from students to retirees.

Parmain, a senior music education major, will conduct “Cajun Folk Songs” by Frank Ticheli.

“She took our regular conducting curriculum and wanted to do further advanced study in conducting,” Wika said.

 “I’ve been working with her, but she has done all the rehearsals and everything to get the piece of music ready for performance.”

The concert includes works by a half dozen composers:

• Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), an English composer. He wrote pieces ranging from symphonic arrangements to film scores

 Several of his compositions were influenced by English folk music.

• Michael Colgrass (b. April 22, 1932), a U.S.-born composer. He won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his symphonic work Deja Vu. He lives in Toronto and is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

• W. Francis McBeth (March 9, 1933 - Jan. 6, 2012), a U.S. composer. He was best known for innovative pieces arranged for wind instruments. From 1957-96 he taught at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.

• Percy Grainger (July 8, 1882 - Feb. 20, 1961), an Australian composer. His original compositions often bucked the conventions of early 20th Century music and were known for their brevity - rarely lasting longer than eight minutes.

• Brant Karrick (b. Aug. 14, 1960), has served as director of bands at Northern Kentucky University since 2003. He is also a conductor, clinician and arranger. His compositions have been performed in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

• Frank Ticheli (b. Jan. 21, 1958) is a professor of music composition at the University of Southern California and has written pieces for choral, orchestral, chamber and concert ensembles.

“It is going to be a great concert,” Wika said.

“The music is very audience-friendly and fun to listen to. It is also an opportunity for families to get out and do something together, because even children and people who haven’t listened to many band concerts will like this music.”

For information, call Wika at (918) 444-2706 or write to wika@nsuok.edu.


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