The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s band and orchestra will feature in a pair of concerts. “Better Together: A Collaborative Concert,” featuring Campus Orchestra and guest performers is 7:30 p.m. April 21. Campus Bands will perform a two-part concert titled, “Precious Gems,” at 2 p.m. April 25.
Both events will be webcast live from Kimball Recital Hall and will be available on the Glenn Korff School of Music website, but no in-person audience. The events are free to watch.
On April 21, “Better Together: A Collaborative Concert” will open with Dello Joio’s work, “Choreography-Three Dances for String Orchestra,” followed by “Elgar’s Evening in the Mountains,” featuring oboe soloist Brandy Trucke. The orchestra will then perform “Movement II of Respighi’s Suite in G” featuring organist Elise Friesen. Following a 30-minute intermission, the ensemble will conclude with collaborative performances on “Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Movement IV),” featuring Contralto Kiya Fife and Beethoven’s electric “Egmont Overture.”
On April 25, the first half of the program presented by the Donald A. Lentz Concert Band will open with Clifton Williams’s “Variation Overture,” and use as its centerpiece two different approaches to folk song settings for band with performances of “Three Ayres from Gloucester,” by Hugh M. Stuart and Frank Ticheli’s popular “Cajun Folk Songs.” Members of the band will improvise during David Weirich’s “Diamond Joe’s Riviera Club” and close with “On the Mall” by Edwin Franko Goldman.
Following a 30-minute intermission, the Jack R. Snider Concert Band will take the stage and open with “A Walk in the Morning Sun” by Pierre LaPlante, before transitioning into Andrew Boysen’s picturesque “Urban Scenes.” The rest of the program takes us to Australia with Jodie Blackshaw’s “Belah Sun Woman” and then drops us off on what sounds like the streets of New Orleans with Omar Thomas’s “Sharp Nine.”