SALEM, Va.-The Roanoke College Jazz and Wind Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha, will present a joint spring concert on Thursday, April 19 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 kick off with the jazz ensemble performing Mike Tomaro's funk-samba-swing version of Duke Ellington's "Caravan." Compositions based on the blues and blues variants will feature soloists from the band with a special performance by Roanoke College sophomore and alto saxophonist Robert Del Vecchio. Del Vecchio will perform Sammy Nestico's haunting ballad, "Lonely Streets." The band will feature its own arrangement of Fishbone's ska hit, "Unyielding Conditioning" and finish up with "Sing, Sing, Sing" featuring drummer Robert Kirby.
The theme of the Wind Ensemble portion of the program will be the music of the spectacle inspired by kingdoms and empires past. "The March of the Olympians" by Tommy Walker and Robert Linn, written for the winter and summer Olympic games of 1960, will be paired with Clifton Williams' equally stirring "Symphonic Suite." The music of the modern circus as represented by the familiar "Billboard March" will be paired with the sounds of the ancient circus as imagined in the music from the film Gladiator.
The kingdoms of Nigeria and Ghana will be evoked as talking drums are overlaid the sinewy texture of Samuel Barber's composition in Dr. Blaha's arrangement of the "Adagio for Strings." The concert will conclude with David Holsinger's lively musical depiction of the adventures of a very important Biblical leader in "Abram's Pursuit."
Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.