Roanoke College

Jazz and Wind Ensembles to Present Holiday Concert


Salem, Va.- The Roanoke College jazz and wind ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha, will present their annual joint holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Olin Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the pubic. No tickets are required.

The concert will feature the jazz ensemble performing the Buddy Rich Band's arrangement of Thelonious Monks, "Straight No Chaser," along with other modern interpretations of jazz standards such as "Blue Bossa" and "Out of Nowhere." There will be the usual salute to funk and fusion with Bill Liston's "Left in the Dust." The ballad for the evening will be Mike Tomaro's arrangement of Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" featuring senior music major Greg Ayers on guitar.

As the final installment in the series of commemorative performances of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, the wind ensemble will perform Dr. Blaha's arrangement of the dance movement, the Menuetto, from Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor. This will be followed by the premiere performance of one of the dance movements, The Planter's Dance, from Blaha's own Symphonic Suite for Band. Among the other compositions will be Robert W. Smith's Inferno (after Dante). Concluding the program will be Leroy Anderson's joyous A Christmas Festival.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.