GENESEO, N.Y. -- The Geneseo Wind Ensemble and Thursday Night Jazz Ensemble will open their fall season with joint concert Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in the college's Wadsworth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Walker, distinguished service professor of music, will feature composers who have taken popular musical material - folk songs, dances or patriotic songs - and used them in highly inventive and interesting ways. The program includes: "Variations on America" by the first "modern" American composer, Charles Ives; "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by the late 20th century American composer, John Barnes Chance; a set of "Sea Songs" by the dean of early 20th century English composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams; a set of "English Dances" by the English composer, Malcolm Arnold; and "Folk Dances" by the great 20th century Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich.
The SUNY Geneseo Thursday Night Jazz Ensemble will be performing a varied selections of tunes including, "Stella By Starlight" by Victor Young from the ghost story movie; "The Uninvited," a funk tune by Gene Thorne, a shuffle piece by Dave Hanson entitled, "Blue Brews;" and a vocal piece featuring Beatriz Silva in the Frank Sinatra style, "I've Got You Under My Skin."
For more information on the concert, call 585-245-5824.