SALEM, Va.-The Roanoke College Jazz and Wind Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha, will present a joint late winter concert on Thursday, March 1 in the Olin Theater at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble performing Weather Report's ever popular, "Birdland" along with two new compositions by New York-based jazz trumpeter Jeff Jarvis. The band will perform his funk chart "Mohave Breakdown," and his swing/samba opus "Show Me" among its other offerings. Closing out this show of largely funk and Latin-oriented selections will be the Count Basie Band's swinging arrangement of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
Major compositions in the Wind Ensemble portion of the program will include John Barnes Chance's exquisite "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" and Percy Grainger's playful "The Children's March." Dr. Blaha will be premiering a new composition for the band based on a real-life fairy tale called "The Kiron Processional." An arrangement of Bach's "Fugue in G Minor (The Little Fugue)" written especially for the Roanoke College Wind Ensemble and three dances from Offenbach's "Ballet Parisienne" will round out the program.
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.