MONDAY, DECEMBER 01
Oklahoma City University’s Wind Philharmonic will present a world premiere and spotlight student concerto winners as part of its Dec. 4 “Explorations” concert. The 8 p.m. event in Petree Recital Hall s free and open to the public.
Thursday’s concert will feature the debut of “Hit on All Sixes,” a 10-minute ragtime-inspired, jazz-infused piece by Edward Knight, OCU’s director or music composition.
“In the 1920s, a war-weary America made up for lost time with life in the fast lane,” Knight said on the inspiration for the new work. “The attitude was called “hitting on all sixes” -- going all out, pedal to the medal, on all six cylinders. ‘ Hit on All Sixes ‘ explores this turbulent time.”
Knight praised ensemble director Matthew Mailman, who has led the Wind Philharmonic through six weeks of rehearsal and who will conduct the piece.
In the 13 years since his OCU appointment, Mailman and the Wind Philharmonic have presented eight world premieres, taken five tours, performed at two OK Mozart Festivals, and given six convention performances.
Also on Thursday’s program, student concerto winner Robert Hamilton will solo in Philip Sparke’s Fantasy for Euphonium and Concert Band. Fellow concerto winner Judyta Murzyn will be featured on Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E-flat Major, Op. 109. Also featured: selected movements from Mozart’s Serenade in B-flat Gran Partita, and three contemporary works: “Urban Myth” by Murray Gross, “Beyond” by Wataru Hokoyama Gaian, and “Visions” by Frank Ticheli.
For more information on the Dec. 4 concert or the band program at Oklahoma City University, contact (405) 208-5021.