The Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier instrumental ensemble – presents the second concert of its 2012-2013 concert season with a program entitled “Songs Without Words” on Monday, November 19 in historic Montgomery Auditorium.
“All of the pieces on this program tie into a vocal tradition,” said Southeastern’s director of bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “Some of the works are arrangements of choral works, while others take familiar (or sometimes unfamiliar) songs and incorporate them into a larger work. The title ‘Songs Without Words’ was a common title for Romantic period pieces that had song-like qualities but wasn’t based on any original vocal songs; the opening work on the program – Dan Welcher’s Songs Without Words – is a modern reflection of that style.”
The program will feature two additional artists: Southeastern’s own Dr. Ben Shaffer will be a featured flugelhorn and trumpet soloist on Richard Peaslee’s Nightsongs and Mr. John Zastoupil, associate director of bands at the University of Texas-Arlington, will be a guest conductor on the band arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s choral work Sleep. “Dr. Shaffer has been an outstanding teacher of trumpet for us here at Southeastern in the year and a half he’s been here. It will be great for our community to have the opportunity to see not only the product of his teaching efforts, but also his outstanding performing ability,” said Wallace. “Professor Zastoupil brings an outstanding record, having worked with bands at Baylor University, the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Northwestern University, and now the University of Texas-Arlington. He’s an outstanding conductor and musician, and our students are fortunate to have the opportunity to perform under his direction.”
Other works on the program include a new transcription of Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo’s The Spheres, Percy Aldridge Grainger’s lively The Gum-Suckers March, and Alfred Reed’s epic band classic, Russian Christmas Music.