Written by Nana Owusu-Agyemang
Willimantic, Conn. ¬¬- Eastern Connecticut State University's Department of Performing Arts will present Eastern's Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free. Shafer Auditorium is in Shafer Hall, located at Valley and High Streets in Willimantic.
The ensemble will be conducted by Kathryn Niemasik, part-time professor of music. The 90-person ensemble, including Eastern students, faculty and community members, will perform a bass, percussion and woodwind-filled assorted mix of literature, including Robert Sheldon's "Rhapsodic Celebration" - a piece from the repertoire Niemasik called one of her favorites.
The 45-minute performance also includes "Summon the Heroes" by John Williams (arranged by Paul Lavender); "O Waly, Waly" by Jay Bocook (A Rhapsody for Band); "Chester Overture for Band" by William Schuman; "Rhapsodic Celebration" by Robert Sheldon; "The Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whitacre; "Fantasy on a Mountain Song" by William Himes; and "Russian Sailors' Dance" by Reinhold Gliere (from The Red Poppy).
The musicians who will perform are enrolled for the Music 107 Concert Band course that teaches both student and community musicians on Wednesday nights.
For more information, contact Kathryn Niemasik on 860-465-5193 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.