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Department of Music GUEST ARTIST SERIES
 

US Navy CommodoresUS Navy Commodores

Featured performer for the 2nd Annual FSU Jazz Festival

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm
FSU Performing Arts Center - Pealer Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

Contact Dr. Brent Weber, Jazz Studies Coordinator,
for more information:  301-687-4116 or
bmweber@frostburg.edu

Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Led by Senior Chief Musician William C. Mulligan, the Commodores’ mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support in honoring our veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials.

US Navy Commodores trumpet sectionThe Commodores are held in high regard nationwide by concert patrons and critics alike. The list of guest artists that have appeared with the Commodores reads like a who’s who of jazz and popular music: Ray Charles, Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry, Grover Washington, Jr., Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, James Moody and many more.  They have appeared on television shows, played nearly all major jazz festivals and toured across the United States and abroad. In conjunction with the Airmen of Note (Air Force) and the Army Blues (Army), the Commodores even host their own annual jazz festival, the Joint Service Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.

As a versatile and relevant musical organization in the 21st century, the Commodores write and arrange much of their vast library of music. Their concerts are an eclectic mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements as well as fresh new instrumental music written specifically for the Commodores of today. This vibrant, dynamic musical group is constantly striving for musical excellence and the pursuit of new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences. Their most recent recording, “Directions,” was released in 2009 to critical acclaim.
 

US Navy Harbor Winds QuartetUS Navy Harbor Winds Clarinet Quartet

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm
FSU Performing Arts Center - Pealer Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

The Navy Band Harbor Winds clarinet quartet has been featured in several Navy Band chamber concerts at local museums, churches, and concert halls. In addition, the quartet performs as part of the Navy Band's Music in the Schools program. The flexibility of this ensemble allows their repertoire to encompass standard works written for clarinet quartet, as well as a wide range of works from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik to the jazz influences of Gershwin melodies.

The members are Senior Chief Musician Laura D. Grantier, the quartet's director and Bb clarinetist, Petty Officers 1st Class Daniel D. Frazelle and Jeffrey T. Snavely, clarinetists, and Musician 1st Class William R. Kelly, bass clarinetist.
 

The Lyra EnsembleThe Lyra Flute Ensemble

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
FSU Performing Arts Center - Pealer Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

Flutists Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, Ellen Fisher-Deerberg, Anna Meyer, and Elivi Varga form this radiant and distinctive ensemble. Equally at home with dazzling technique as they are with lush and vibrant tone, the Lyra Ensemble performs music from all genres, for audiences of all ages.

For this recital the quartet will begin with “Sinfonia” from “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This will be followed by several modern pieces, beginning with “An Gaelic Tiodhlac” (“A Gaelic Offering”) by Catherine McMichael, which consists of four Gaelic pieces in traditional style – rowdy, raw and rambunctious when fast, and achingly personal when slow. The ensemble will then perform “Four ’Scapes” by Cynthia Folio, consisting of “Cityscape,” “Seascape,” “Landscape” and “Escape” and “Trois Pièces pour quatre Flûtes en Ut” by Eugène Bozza, a French contemporary composer and violinist and a prolific composer of chamber music for wind instruments.

After intermission, the group will continue with “Urban Ragas” by Till Maclvor Meyn, which is reminiscent of ragas, the scales and modes of Indian music; “Quatuor de Flûtes” by Jean-Michel Damase; and “Steeley Pause” by Jennifer Higdon.

Fuego Saxophone QuartetFuego Saxophone Quartet

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
FSU Performing Arts Center - Pealer Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

Founded in 2015, Fuego Quartet is a chamber group devoted to the performance of both standard and contemporary works written for the saxophone. Comprised of graduate students from the Eastman School of Music, each member is an award winning soloist and chamber musician. Fuego has been featured in a variety of settings from standard concert hall venues to non-conventional community outreach concerts. They have been featured artists at the Strong National Museum of Play, The George Eastman Museum, Dorris Carlson Reading Garden, Susan B. Anthony Museum, Washington Square Concert Series and [Col][lab]. Most recently, they were selected as winners of the 2015 Honors Chamber Music Competition at the Eastman School of Music and were semi-finalists in the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.