SYMPHONIC BAND TO FEATURE MUSIC OF TWO AMERICAN COMPOSERS

2/25/2013

March 15 Concert on Newburgh Campus to Celebrate Composers Norman Dello Joio and Morton Gould

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – In memory of noted American composers Norman Dello Joio and Morton Gould, both of whom would have turned 100 years old in 2013, the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will feature their music during the band’s first of two scheduled Spring concerts at 7 p.m., Friday, March 15 in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the College’s Newburgh campus.

Both Dello Joio and Gould were native New Yorkers who made their initial marks as musicians during their childhood years: Dello Joio was appointed church organist at City Island’s Star of the Sea Church when he was 14, having studied piano since the age of 4; and Gould’s precociousness amazed his parents when he was able to play a John Philip Sousa march by ear on the piano at the age of 6.

Both composers showed an affinity for jazz and classical forms, but while Gould ventured into more popular idioms--he was a noted arranger for radio orchestras--Dello Joio’s music embodied Gregorian chant and Baroque melodic structures. Gould died in February 1996 while Dello Joio passed away in July 2008.

The evening’s musical program, a tribute to the centennial anniversaries of the two composers’ births, will feature a pair of works written by Dello Joio for concert band: “Variants on a Medieval Tune,” dating from 1963, which utilizes the well-known Christmas hymn “In Dulci Jubilo,” and “Satiric Dances (for a Comedy by Aristophanes),” a 1976 work written to commemorate the American Bicentennial and based upon themes for a Broadway production of one of the Greek satirist’s plays. Morton Gould will be represented by two movements of his 1938 “American Symphonette No. 2” which contains his well-known “Pavanne.”

The concert will also include “Overture in F” by the short-lived 18th century French composer Hyacinthe Jadin in an arrangement for modern band by Douglas Townsend, and Michael Colgrass’ evocative “Old Churches,” which shares similarities with Dello Joio’s work in embodying Gregorian Chant within a modernist idiom.

The concert will also include Douglas Townsend’s a, “Overture in F” by the short-lived 18th century French composer Hyacinthe Jadin in an arrangement for modern band, and Michael Colgrass’ evocative “Old Churches,” which shares similarities with Dello Joio’s work in embodying Gregorian Chant within a modernist idiom.

The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. General admission is $5. SUNY Orange Students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.

The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band, comprised of students and members of the community, is also seeking musicians. Interested performers may contact Scott at (845) 341-4393.

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