(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU Wind Ensemble performing “All American” on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 pm in the SOU Music Recital Hall. The program explores the rich tradition of American music from the late 20th century and its influence on contemporary American composers.
Dr. Mark Jacobs, adjunct Music faculty at SOU, composed “321GO,” which will have its world premiere at this concert. The composition features the percussion section of the SOU Wind Ensemble. Bradley White on trumpet and Lorin Groshong on English horn, both graduate students in the Master of Music Performance program, will play Aaron Copeland’s “Quiet City.” Other works in the concert include “Acrostic Song” from Final Alice by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Del Tredici, “Candide Overture,” by nine-time Grammy winning composer Leonard Bernstein, “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli and “Walls of Zion” by Greg Danner.
“I had this signature work ̶ ‘321GO’ ̶ commissioned especially for the students of the SOU Wind Ensemble,” said director Dr. Cynthia Hutton.. “I am so grateful for these student musicians and their constant attitude of curiosity and voracious appetite for new music. We call it ‘fresh ink,’ and it’s just a joy to watch them learn.” The SOU Wind Ensemble has approximately 45 members and is open to talented student musicians from all campus disciplines. It is dedicated to the study of a diverse repertoire from masterworks to new compositions for wind and percussion.
Hutton is Associate Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University. She teaches classes in conducting, music theory, aural skills, brass methods and instrumental music education. In addition to her role at SOU, Dr. Hutton is the Music Director of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and has served as Conductor of Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra since 1995. She has served on the boards of the Oregon Music Educators Association and College Band Directors National Association, Northwest Division. As a horn artist, Dr. Hutton is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony and the RVSO Brass Quintet.
Tickets are $10, $5 senior and free to full-time students. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Music Recital Hall lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at sou.edu/performingarts. Contact the box office for discounts offered to SOU alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants and SNAP/Oregon Trail cardholders.
About Southern Oregon University
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