Oldies but goodies


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The Wind Ensemble in the Performing Arts Center during their fall concert of last year.

Jeanette Fournier, Staff writer

On Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, the Wind Ensemble will be presenting “Out of the Files,” the ensemble’s Fall 2016 performance.
The Wind Ensemble is led by Scott Meier, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Saxophone and Music Education.
“It’s basically a collection of cornerstone literature,” said Meier. “Oldies, but great.”
The ensemble will offer six different works on the program, one of which is the 20th century English composer Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F major.
“It’s a wonderful work, based largely on folk song,” Meier said.
“It’s tuneful, enjoyable and easy on the ears.”
Also on the program will be the American composer Vincent Persichetti’s 6th symphony.
“It’s a unique work,”  Meier said. “Persichetti sounds like no other.”
The symphony is written in the pan diatonic style.
“The work does not follow traditional resolution structure. Persichetti has a different idea of tension and release,” Meier said.
The ensemble will play a tone poem written for James Dean by the American composer Larry Daehn entitled “As Summer Was Just Beginning.”
The title comes from the inscription on Dean’s tombstone. “It’s a beautiful expression of loss,” said Meier, “but it’s also hopeful. It has moments of hopefulness.”
The Wind Ensemble will close with an old favorite: “Sleigh Ride,” by Leroy Anderson, an American composer of light concert music.
“It’s just fun,” Meier said.
The concert will also feature two student conductors, senior Music Education majors Sierra DeCola and Sarah Levin.