UNL Campus Bands present ‘Precious Gems’

UNL Campus Bands
UNL Campus Bands

The UNL Campus Bands will perform a two-part concert titled, “Precious Gems”, featuring the music of Blackshaw, Boysen, Goldman, Holsinger, Thomas, Ticheli, Tschenekov, Williams, Whitacre, and others Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. The event will be webcast live from Kimball Recital Hall and will be available at music.unl.edu, but no in-person audience.

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 2 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.

Both bands are under the direction of Assistant Director of Bands, Douglas W. Bush who shares conducting duties with Conducting Associates Joshua P. Cutting, Matt Smoot, and Scott Walker. The bands take the names of Directors of Band Emeriti.