A Century of Song – Times-Standard

The Cal Poly Humboldt School of Dance, Music, and Theater Spring Semester Dual Program returns, featuring the Wind Ensemble and the Live, Live Jazz Orchestra. Join them at Fulkerson Recital Hall on February 26 at 8 p.m. and hear a wide range of music for brass, woodwind, percussion and rhythm sections written over the past 100 years, from composers such as Gordon Jacob and Dmitri Shostakovich to Maria. Schneider and Charles Mingus.

If you can’t make it to campus, a live stream of the concert is available. Concert tickets are $10 general, $5 for children and free for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID, and can be purchased in advance at music.humboldt.edu/upcoming. The live stream link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdvezmVELOI.

Under the direction of conductor and Cal Poly Humboldt music teacher Paul Cummings, the Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of works inspired by various Eastern and Western European cultures. This repertoire includes Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s mid-20th century “Folk Dances”, which received a beautiful transcription for harmony in 1979 by American composer and scholar H. Robert Reynolds.

Dan Forrest is an American composer born in 1978 who has already built up an important catalog of music composed for both voice and instruments. His work, “A Basque Lullaby”, originally set for SATB choir (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) and rearranged for harmony in 2007, occupies a soft and expressive place in the program.

‘Entr’act’, the second movement of contemporary English composer Philip Sparke’s ‘Theatre Music’ is a lush and evocative work that gives each section of the ensemble plenty of moments to shine. Active for much of the 20th century, English composer Gordon Jacob composed and arranged over 700 works during his long and prolific career as a composer and educator. One of his earliest works, written while still a student, is an arrangement of a collection of polyphonic works from the 16th and 17th centuries by another prolific composer of choir and keyboard music, William Byrd. Aptly named the “William Byrd Suite”, it is an all-time favorite in wind orchestra repertoire.

As a visiting assistant professor of music at Cal Poly Humboldt, conductor Dan Aldag directs the department’s jazz program and is a co-founder of the Redwood Jazz Alliance. The Jazz Orchestra, Cal Poly Humboldt’s resident big band, will perform four tracks, including “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver. Silver is widely recognized as the main composer of the hard bop style, and “Sister Sadie” is one of his best-known tracks. No one knows who wrote this arrangement, but it comes from the library of the University of Illinois Jazz Band. It features solos by Nick De Anda on guitar, Chris Cox on trumpet, Rebekka Lopez on alto sax, George Epperson on trombone, Danny Gaon on bass and Isaac Williams on tenor sax.

The Cal Poly Humboldt Jazz Orchestra is represented on the Arcata campus. (Courtesy of Cal Poly Humboldt School of Dance, Music and Drama)

“The Snapper” is composed by the great trumpeter Clark Terry and arranged by music teacher Cal Poly Humboldt Brian Post. Post thought the melody sounded like a fugue subject (the main theme of a fugue), and so he incorporated a fugue into his arrangement. The soloists are Eddie Kallen on trumpet and John Gerving on piano.

“Don’t Be Evil” is by Maria Schneider and is from her Grammy-winning album “Data Lords.” Schneider is a strong advocate for creators’ rights in the digital world. Featured soloists are Nick De Anda on guitar, Brian White on trombone and Brian Post on piano. Charles Mingus’ composition “Boogie Stop Shuffle” is arranged by bandleader, jazz scholar and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Homzy. Mingus’ centenary is this spring and the Jazz Orchestra will celebrate it with an all-Mingus concert in May. “Boogie Stop Shuffle” provides a taste of this upcoming event.

For more information, contact the Cal Poly Humboldt School of Dance, Music, and Drama at 707-826-3566 or [email protected]

Corina C. Butler