The Roanoke College Jazz and Wind Ensembles under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha will present its annual joint Holiday Concert Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Olin Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m.
The concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble performing arrangements of such diverse tunes as Sammy Nestico’s laid-back “The Queen Bee,” written for and recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra, and the highly energetic “Spain” by jazz pianist Chick Corea. There will be two “blues” offerings at the evening’s concert with the very up-tempo, minor chords of Bryan Kidd’s “Hootin’ with Newton” and the more traditional “Emancipation Blues” by Oliver Nelson. Hot and cold will be represented with the samba tune “Samba for All Seasons” and the vocal duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” performed by the Jazz Ensemble’s own vibraphonist, Evelyn Clark, and trombonist, Alejandro Ramos.
“Russian into the Christmas Season” is the theme for the Wind Ensemble’s portion of the concert. The opening number, A Slavic Farewell, by Vasilij Ivanovitj Agapkin has been called “Russia’s Star and Stripes.” Following this, there will be a work that has become a tradition both here and abroad: Tchaikovsky’s suite from The Nutcracker. Russian musical rivals, Prokofiev and Shostakovich will be represented with lively performances of their respective March Op.99 and the Festive Overture. Alfred Reed’s World War II composition based on the liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church, Russian Christmas Music, will add a touch of solemnity and grandeur to the event. A familiar tune, Carol of the Bells, from Russia’s next door neighbor, the Ukraine, will wrap up the concert.
The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
– Submitted by Roanoke College