Public invited to free concert at BUHS

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department will present a bands concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the school's auditorium. No admission will be charged for this event and the public is invited to attend.

The concert band will open the evening with Julius Fu k's operatic march, "The Florentiner." They will continue with Joni Greene's 2011 composition, "Net Luck Soaring," a work that "celebrates the life of a caring and considerate young man, Net Luck, a clarinet and percussion player whose love of life touched so many." "Snowflakes Dancing" by Andrew Boysen, Jr., is next on the program. Boysen is a professor of music at the University of New Hampshire and a resident of the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. This piece was composed in 2013 and is in the minimalist style. The band closes its program with "Melodious Thunk" by David Biedenbender, an assistant professor of composition at Michigan State University. The 2012 work was inspired by the great jazz pianist, Thelonius Monk, whose wife gave him the nickname that is the title of this work.

Jazz Workshop, one of two jazz ensembles as BUHS, will next take the stage. They will feature a variety of student soloists in performances of "Mr Magic" by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter, and "Caravan" by Juan Tizol, Duke Ellington and Irving Mills.

The Jazz Band will conclude the concert. Chick Corea's jazz fusion work, "Elektric City," opens the program and features guitarist Leander Holzapfel and pianist Malcolm Toleno. Paul Baker's "Riggs!" is the jazz band's second piece. It is a tribute to University of North Texas professor emeritus, Jim Riggs, and will feature alto saxophonist Jordan Roach as well as Toleno. Michael Philip Mossman's arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Oclupaca" is next on the program. Ellington recorded the work on his 1968 album, Latin American Suite. The final selection is "That's It!," a staple of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, composed by their creative director and sousaphonist, Ben Jaffe. Soloists will include baritone saxophonist Joseph Brown and trumpeter Virgil Neddenriep.

Stephen Rice directs the concert band and jazz band. Eugene Uman and Rob Freeberg are co-directors of Jazz Workshop. For more information, call 802-451-3511.

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