|Georgia Regents University
Department of Music
GRU Orchestra & Wind Ensemble
Under the direction of Dr. John Wojcik, the GRU Wind Ensemble is the University's premiere wind band. It is comprised mainly of music majors, but is open to all students on campus.
The Wind Ensmble will open the concert with Masque, an energetic piece by Francis McBeth. In Memorium by Mark Camphouse, a beautifully emotional piece written in memory of music educator L. J. Hancock will follow. Next will be Noisy Wheels of Joy by the renowned Eric Whitacre, a wild and fun ride with many unique musical effects. The Wind Ensemble with then perform Alfred Reed's El Camino Real, a staple of band literature. Subtitled 'A Latin Fantasy', it is based on a series of chord progressions common to the Spanish flamenco guitarists and featuring their fiery style. The ensemble will then close its portion of the concert with Henry Fillmore's famous march, The Klaxon.
The Georgia Regents University Orchestra will be celebrating Black History Month with a performance of the Symphony in D major by Chevalier de Saint-George. The Chevalier de Saint-George (1745?1799) is often credited as being the first classical composer of African ancestry. He was an important musician in the Parisian scene of the late 18th century and his musical style is Mozartean. In addition to his work as a composer, Chevalier de Saint-George was a gifted concert violinist and expert swordsman. The GRU Orchestra will perform his symphony along with Emmanuel Chabrier?s Larghetto for Horn and Orchestra (with soloist Dr. Joseph Johnson) and Aaron Copland?s John Henry.
Under the direction of Dr. Martin David Jones, the Orchestra is a large ensemble comprised primarily of music majors, as well as a few music minors, non-majors and community members. it has collaborated with many performers including the renowned choral conductor Rodney Eichenberger, famed French conductor Bernard Thomas, and jazz great Wycliffe Gordon.