Winter Festival Concert Featuring Four Ashland University Instrumental Ensembles

11/17/10 ASHLAND, OH -- From the percussion and wind ensembles to the University Jazz Orchestra and brass ensemble, Ashland University's first of two Winter Festival concerts will offer a full slate a musical treats. Free and open to the public, the concert is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the University's Hugo Young Theatre.

The concert will begin with the Ashland University Wind Ensemble, directed by Ashland University Director of Bands Leonard Salvo.  Comprised of 35 to 40 of the outstanding wind and percussion players at the University and from the community, the wind ensemble will perform James Curnow's "Canticle of the Creatures Symphonic Suite" which is based on a poem by Saint Francis of Assisi; Ronald LoPresti's composition written in memory of President John F. Kennedy, "Elegy for a Young American"; and Robert W. Smith's "Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual" which is based on the primitive folk music of Western Africa.

Percussion instructor Jeffrey Neitzke will then direct the Ashland University Percussion Ensemble performing "Elusive One" by Steve Pemberton, "Clocks" by Frank McCarty, and "Ionisation" by Edgard Varese.  The Ashland University Brass Ensemble directed by brass and horn instructor Michael Metcalf will perform arrangements by Michael Allen including Claude Debussy's "Girl with the Flaxen Hair," and John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan."

The concert will conclude with the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) directed by Dr. Scott Garlock, associate professor of music.  AUJO will begin with a piece written by the leader of the finest big band in the 1970s, Thad Jones' "Back Bone," featuring Ashland University's award-winning trombone section.  The band will continue with various soloists featured in "No Heat" by Bill Holman and "Hip Pocket" arranged by the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra's Director Emeritus, Roland Paolucci. They will then perform the song "Seems Like Old Times" which was made famous by the Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians. The performance will conclude with an original composition written by Rich Shanklin, saxophone professor at the University of Akron, featuring Ashland's award-winning saxophonist Trent Kimball.

For more information about the Winter Festival concert or for a schedule of music department events, visit www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.