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Jazz Big Bands, Orchestra, Concert Bands to Perform

Performances set for Nov. 27, Nov. 29, Dec. 2.

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 11-15-2012

MANKATO, Minn. – The University Jazz Big Bands, University Orchestra, and University Concert Bands of Minnesota State Mankato will host three performances next week.

The University Jazz Big Bands will perform on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30 pm. The focus of the Jazz Mavericks is to provide students with experience in a jazz ensemble along with several performance opportunities. The jazz literature performed in the ensemble ranges from classic jazz charts to contemporary jazz. Dr. Douglas Snapp directs this auditioned group. The University Jazz Lab Band will alsoperform on the concert. Graduate student Matt Windett directs this group.

The University Orchestra will perform on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 pm. The University Orchestra is an ensemble made up of both music and non-music majors alike. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Joseph Rodgers and performs music bymany composers written for orchestra and chamber ensembles.

Finally, the University Concert Bands will perform on Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm. TheUniversity Concert Bands consists of the Symphonic Band and the Concert Wind Ensemble, which are composed of university students, staff, and community members. Dr. Amy Roisum Foley directs both ensembles. In addition, graduate student Mrs. Dawn Punke will share in the conducting duties.

The Symphonic Band will be performing works by Teilmann Susato, Ottorino Respighi, a beautiful wind band version of Brahms’ Lullaby, and a lively Fantasy on John Phillip Sousa’s Fairest of the Fair by Andrew Boysen.

The Concert Wind Ensemble will perform two works from the Lord of the Rings Symphony by Johan de Meij. Other works include the Funeral March by Edvard Grieg and Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite March. Dr. Preston Duncan, Professor of Saxophone, will be featured as a soloist on Concertango, written in the style of Astor Piazzolla.

All three concerts take place in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Concertadmission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets areavailable online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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