The USAO music department will show off two of its three new ensembles — a woodwind ensemble and a specialized percussion group — along with the USAO Concert Band at an upcoming performance scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Drover Drumatic Percussion Group is one of the two new ensembles being showcased at the concert. The six musicians will play a wide-range of percussion instruments including the marimba, the glockenspiel and timpani.
The marimba and glockenspiel are specialized versions of the xylophone, made of wood and metal, respectively. Timpani are large, kettle-style drums played with wrapped mallets.
Also featured at the upcoming concert is the newly-created Woodwind Ensemble under the direction of Lori Jech, adjunct instructor in music.
The ensemble will perform pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven among others.
Not to be upstaged by the younger ensembles, the USAO Concert Band has an exciting set of contemporary and classic band pieces in store for attendees.
Highlights will include “Lassus Trombone,” a jaunty, ragtime piece by composer Henry Fillmore; Leonard Cohen’s moving “Hallelujah”; Howard Hanson’s timeless “Interlochen Theme”; and a new work from Oklahoma composer Ed Huckeby.
The USAO Concert Band serves a special function at the university.
All three ensembles serve to educate, entertain and recruit future students while helping students meet artistic expression credits required for graduation, according to Hanson.
Scholarships are available to each performing member, often helping students pay for their education without taking out extra loans.
More information about the concert or USAO’s music department can be obtained by calling 574-1297 or visiting the university’s website at usao.edu.