Roanoke College Ensembles Present Joint Concert

SALEM, Va. —The Roanoke College Jazz and Wind Ensembles will present their annual joint Spring Concert on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Theater.  The event is open to the public and tickets are not required.

The concert, directed by Dr. Joseph Blaha, will feature a stunning variety of performances by both ensembles.  The Jazz Ensemble will perform Stan Kenton Band’s arrangement of one of Cole Porter’s greatest hits, “Begin the Beguine,” along with several modern interpretations of the jazz style.  The ensemble will perform its traditional salute to funk and fusion with Les Hooper’s “Louisiana Be-Bop” and Jeff Jarvis’ “Jungle Gym.”  A ballad by Frank Mantooth, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most,” will also be performed.

The Wind Ensemble’s performance will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth with Barbara Buehlman’s arrangement of his motet, Ave Verum Corpus.  The ensemble will also feature a composition by Joseph Wilcox Jenkin’s American Overture for Band.  The concert will include contemporary tone poems “The Great Locomotive Chase” by Robert W. Smith and “Of Honor and Valor Eternal” by Ayatey Shabazz, written to honor the contribution of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.  John Philip Sousa’s most famous work, “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” will close the concert.

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 270 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.