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  • SUU's Wind Symphony Puts on its "Blue Shades"
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    Published - 04/09/14 - 01:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    SUU Wind Symphony in performance. Photo: Asher J. Swan
    SUU Wind Symphony in performance. Photo: Asher J. Swan
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    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - Like an artist applying various hues to a canvass, composer Frank Ticheli has woven together various musical styles to his provocative contemporary composition “Blue Shades.” The piece gives SUU’s Department of Music’s Wind Symphony concert its title, the final event in the 2013-2014 Music Masterworks Series. Blue Shades will take place at Cedar City’s Heritage Center Theater on Friday, April 18, 2014, at 7:30pm. The public is encouraged to attend this performance. Tickets are only $10 for Adults, $8 for SUU faculty/staff, and $5 for youth. SUU students are free with a valid I.D. card.

    The SUU Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Adam Lambert, takes on “Blue Shades” which is described as a work that combines Frank Ticheli’s love of jazz and the blues with his own contemporary style. Although there is a strong allusion to the blues and a jazz feeling is prevalent, this is not a literal "Blues" piece. Blues harmonies, rhythms and melodic idioms do pervade the work, and many "shades of blue" are heard, from bright and dark to dirty and hot. Dr. Lambert sums up the piece as “a demanding work that will require strong players in every section of the band. It is also huge in scope and is also very fun to play, with much of it in a swing blues style.” The piece will feature student soloist Kortne Pederson on clarinet in much of the piece.

    The concert will also include performances of Frigyes Hidas’ “Concerto for Basson and Wind Ensemble” featuring Benjamin Bradshaw on bassoon, and Eric Whitacre’s “October.”

    Dr. Adam Lambert is in his second year in the Department of Music faculty as Director of Bands and Brass Studies at SUU. He previously spent seven years directing the band and brass programs at Chadron State College in Nebraska, where he conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Athletic Bands and coordinated the brass studio. He holds degrees in music education from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas. As an active trumpet educator, performer, and clinician in both classical and jazz, Dr. Lambert performed and recorded with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony on the series Teaching Music through Performance. He has performed as a professional jazz musician at many major jazz festivals, including the Snow Bird Jazz Festival, the Park City Jazz Festival, and the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival. Dr. Lambert is a Bach trumpet artist and clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation.

    Join Dr. Adam Lambert and the SUU Wind Symphony for Blue Shades, an entertaining conclusion to SUU’s Music Masterworks Series for 2013-2014. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/arts.

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