Lee University Wind Ensemble To Present Two Concerts

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The wind ensemble will present its annual fall concert in the Conn Center on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30.

Eight works representing five composers will be on the program. Two of the works are by Percy Grainger, one of the premiere American composers of the mid-twentieth century, and two are by John Philip Sousa, each a departure from his normal march fare. Grainger will be recognized with “Blithe Bells,” a melodious setting of J. S. Bach’s sentimental favorite, and “Sheep May Safely Graze,” followed by “Molly on the Shore,” a favorite of bands everywhere.  

Sousa will be represented by “Manhattan Beach,” a composition usually labeled as a march in the Sousa Library, but in actuality, is a dance known as the “two-step,” popular at the turn of the 20th century. Sousa also wrote a number of suites for band, and the wind ensemble will present the first movement of his “Looking Upward Suite” entitled “By the Light of the Polar Star.”

The concert will also include “Overture in Five Flat” by Julie Giroux, “Elegy” by conductor David Holsinger, and “Trittico,” a three movement work by Vaclav Nelhybel written in the early 1960s and credited by many as one of those compositions that changed the course of band composition in that decade.  

Dr. and Mrs. Holsinger will be joined in concert by the two conductors in the Lee School of Music Instrumental Conductor Masters Program on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Heather Hall, who comes to the program from a successful stint at Signal Mountain High School, will be conducting Aaron Copland’s “Down a Country Lane.” Originally written for piano in 1962, it has been transcribed for both orchestra and band in the 1990s. Hall will also conduct Norman Dello Joio’s “Satiric Dances,” three movements written for a stage production of a comedy by Aristophanes in the mid-1970s. 

Mrs. Sarah Pearson comes from Girls Preparatory School.  Mrs. Pearson recently guest conducted with the Lee University Orchestra during its fall concert. Pearson will conduct “Courtly Airs and Dances,” a collection of modern settings of Renaissance dances by American composer Ron Nelson. The six movements span characteristic dances from five countries during the 1500s. Pearson will also conduct Jacob DeHann’s “Ammerland,” a tribute to the beautiful lake region in Germany for which it is named.

To fill out the concert, the Holsingers will select and conduct three favorites from the preceding two fall concerts.

For more information about these concerts or other music events, please call Lee’s School of Music at  614-8240.

Cast Announced For Fat Shirley’s: A Trailer Park Opera

Casting has been announced for a new production of Fat Shirley’s: A Trailer Park Opera, a two act musical comedy opening at the Mountain Arts Community Center on July 31. Directed by Josh Ruben, Fat Shirley’s: A Trailer Park Opera explores the lives of trailer park residents in the aftermath of the death of their beloved landlady Fat Shirley. Not only do they have to cope with ... (click for more)

Music Instruction Studio Announces Grand Opening Of New Location In Cleveland

Music Instruction Studio announces the grand opening of its third location. Music Instruction Studio – Cleveland will open June 8. MIS – Cleveland will offer lessons in piano, guitar, bass, voice, violin and drums. A public open house to celebrate the opening will be held Saturday, June 6 from noon-4 p.m.  The public is invited to attend. “We want ... (click for more)

Apartment Fire Leaves 2 Homeless Friday Evening

Chattanooga firefighters responded to an apartment fire just before  7 p.m. on Friday . Six fire companies responded to the fire, at 2709 Citico Ave. Battalion Chief Rick Sewell said heavy smoke was showing in Apartment 5 in Building B when the first firefighters arrived, and flames were shooting out a front window. Chief Sewell said the firefighters made an aggressive ... (click for more)

Fricks Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Cornerstone Community Bank In Dalton

Grady Wayne Fricks has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges arising out of a scheme to defraud Cornerstone Community Bank in Dalton, Ga. “This defendant used his connection with a bank insider to obtain a fraudulently inflated loan,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn. “Fricks’ ability to manipulate people to further his scheme left the bank and its stockholders shouldering ... (click for more)

Best City, Really?

I believe the success Chattanooga has had in the best outdoor city contest has got to be the "Ridge Cut" trail. To be able to sit in your vehicle while inching along right beside the old steel plant and, of course, the train yard where tankers sit loaded with hazardous gases. Then passing through one of the city's most active areas for gunfire, it's a win win.   It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: City Limits Worry Dogs, Cats

If you are a dog or a cat in the Chattanooga area, it is very important to know exactly where the city limits are. You need to know that if a stray animal is rescued in the city, it is taken to one of the finest animal shelters in all of America. But if the errant pooch or tabby is found in Hamilton County – outside the city limits -- it is taken to arguably the worst animal facility ... (click for more)