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Feb. 25: University Concert Bands

Performance centered around George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

2014-02-26

MANKATO, Minn. – The University Concert Bands will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University Concert Bands consists of the Symphonic Band and the Concert Wind Ensemble, which are composed of university students, staff, and community members. Amy Roisum Foley directs both of these ensembles. In addition, master’s candidate Eric Horn will be directing both ensembles.

This concert is centered around the performance of "Rhapsody in Blue," featuring David Viscoli, professor of piano at Minnesota State Mankato. "Rhapsody in Blue" is a famous musical composition by American composer George Gershwin originally for solo piano and jazz band. The piece combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.

Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the piece received its premiere in the concert, An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on Feb. 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano. The composition was later orchestrated and published for the symphony orchestra in 1942. Rhapsody in Blue established Gershwin's reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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