The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble and Community Band are performing a concert Thursday night (March 14) in the school’s Bedford Concert Hall.
The 7 p.m. concert commemorates the 150th anniversary of the death of French composer Hector Berlioz and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, facult, staff and students. Tickets are available online at www.uwp.edu and will be sold at the door.
“I’m very excited to present music in honor of two important and interesting anniversaries,” said Laura Rexroth, who conducts both groups.
The Parkside Wind Ensemble will be performing “An Introduction to the Moon” by American composer Libby Larsen in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
“This work includes opportunities for the ensemble to improvise as well as performing Larsen’s beautiful and unusual textures,” Rexroth said.
Lisa Kornetsky, a retired UW-Parkside theater professor, will be featured on that work, interpreting the piece’s poetry through short readings from a wide range of poets, including Emily Dickenson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The Wine Ensemble is also performing “Overture in C” by Charles Simon Catel and “Sensemayá” by Silvestre Revueltas
The Parkside Community Band will perform two works by Berlioz “that show how he really exploded on the scene with a new sound palette,” Rexroth said of the works: the “Roman Carnival” and the “Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale.”
The Symphonie will feature trombone soloist Ryan Ringnalda.
The piece “is an original work for band from 1840 that includes a dark funeral march, a gorgeous trombone solo — reminiscent of a Romantic opera aria — and a third movement guaranteed to shake the rafters,” Rexroth said.
“We are performing music that contains something for every listener, with a tremendously large range of tone colors, textures, and emotions.”
For more details about the concert, see the GO Kenosha entertainment section in Thursday’s Kenosha News.