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Wednesday, May 3, 2000

SSU Chamber Wind Concert May 14

SALISBURY, MD---The Salisbury State University Chamber Winds performs a Mother's Day concert in the chapel of the Community Church of Ocean Pines, MD, on Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m. Sponsored by SSU's Fulton School of Liberal Arts, the concert is free and open to the public. The Community Church of Ocean Pines is handicap accessible.

Literature selected for this performance include More Wine in New Bottles (1981) by English composer Gordon Jacobs, Sept Dances (1972) by French composer Jean Francais, Serenade Number 1by American composer Vincent Persichetti and excerpts from Mozart's opera, Don Giovanni, arranged for chamber winds circa 1788.

It is composed in eight sections, with 25 separate movements, incorporating texts in both Latin and in German. The texts are secular poems of the Middle Ages. The songs range from simple adorations of nature to lusty and satirical drinking songs. The transcription for symphonic band by John Krance, published in 1967, consists of 13 selected movements from the original composition. Orff's Carmina Burana reflects two important 19th century trends, interest in significant historical music and the development of a "total" theater.

A large corpus of chamber music exists for small ensembles that utilize six to some 20 instrumentalists; brass works from Gabrieli to Schuler, divertimenti and serenades from Schein to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven; and masterworks from Bernard, Dvo Šk, Francaix, Strauss, Stravinsky and Varese--composers who have utilized the chamber ensemble as a viable performance medium. Rarely do these works receive professional performances. The majority of these works were primarily associated with the professional orchestra receiving occasional performances as prelude to the ensemble's formal concert. Performances of this genre are now primarily relegated to the college campus through the association with the wind band movement comprising student musicians as part of their professional training and impacting them with an historical sense of the development of this literature.

For more information about the SSU Chamber Winds concert, please call the SSU Department of Music at 410-543-6385.

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