Department of Music

Four Large Ensemble Performances This Week

Four Large Ensemble Performances This Week

The Department of Music offers four large ensembles performances this week. The Fall Opera Workshop Performances will be on Tuesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm in Goodwin Recital Hall. The Auburn University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos will offer a concert on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:30 pm in Goodwin Band Hall (Room 134). The Symphonic Winds will perform a joint concert with Opelika High School Bands on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at Opelika Performing Arts Center. The opera performances and the jazz concert will be ticketed at $5 for students and children, and $10 for general admission and advance tickets. The joint band concert at OPAC is free admission. Advance tickets can be found here and are available until noon the day of the event.


In this Fall Opera Performance, music students will perform various scenes from multiple operas including: “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini; “Cosi fan tutte” and “Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang A. Mozart; “L'elisir d'amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) by Gaetano Donizetti; “The Old Maid and the Thief” by Gian Carlo Menotti; “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck; and “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) by Johann Strauss. The program will appeal to a wide audience, and all 220 seats in the hall are expected to sell quickly.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform a program that includes: “Sweet Georgia Upside Down,” by Phil Kelly, featuring our saxophone section and our trumpets; “Here's that Rainy Day,” the great Stan Kenton arrangement by Dee Barton, featuring the trombone section; and Sammy Nestico's “Switch in Time” as played by the Count Basie Band, featuring student conductor Logan Pouncey. The two jazz combos will perform works by Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Kenny Dorman, among others. Audience space is limited in the venue, so patrons are encouraged to purchase advance tickets before noon Wednesday.

The Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. Rick Good, will perform a variety of standard and contemporary wind literature. For this concert, selections include: “Ecstatic Fanfare,” by Steven Bryant and conducted by graduate teaching assistant Ethan Lolley, the third movement of Haydn’s “Concerto for Bb Cornet,” featuring soloist Daniel Haddock; and “Now is the Time (A Song of Hope)” by Anthony O’Toole. This is the Alabama premiere of O’Toole’s piece, written in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Last Updated: November 17, 2015