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Feb. 24: University Concert Bands

Award-winning Minnesota composer Mark Wolfram to perform.

2015-02-25
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 2-4-2015

Mankato, Minn. – The University Concert Bands will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 24 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. The bands are composed of university students, staff, and community members. Amy Roisum Foley directs both of these ensembles. Michael Thursby and masters candidate Erik Root will co-direct both ensembles.

The Symphonic Band and the Concert Wind Ensemble will partner in a joint performance of the world premiere of "All Points Bulletin—In Hot Pursuit," by Mark Wolfram, a new work for symphonic band and video. This programmatic work tells the story of a jewel thief whom authorities are doggedly chasing until the inescapable conclusion. Running, skulking, climbing, driving - this determined thief tries any way he can to escape the authorities - and always with the stolen jewels in hand. Here’s the storyline: a jewel thief robs a store - runs away - then drives his getaway car which encounters a roadblock - abandons the car and runs from cops - falls asleep from exhaustion - wakes up with a start - runs more - breaks into and steals a car - crashes it - runs more on foot from the police - carjacks a car from a woman - drives for his life - until the police corner him - then JUSTICE is served.

Minnesota native Mark Wolfram is an award-winning composer and arranger. He is as accomplished on the sound stage and in the recording studio as he is on the concert stage. Wolfram has been writing professionally for over 40 years as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and musician. Mark has written for many musical stars such as Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Peter Cetera, Lena Horne, Cybill Shepherd, and Joe Williams. He has earned four Gold Records for his work with pianist Jim Brickman. Wolfram has composed for television, numerous cartoons and awards shows, and continues to compose for films, recordings, jingles, as well as the concert stage.

Visit his website at http://www.markwolfram.com/ to learn more about Mark Wolfram.

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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