Lee University Wind Ensemble To Present Two Concerts

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The wind ensemble will present its annual fall concert in the Conn Center on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30.

Eight works representing five composers will be on the program. Two of the works are by Percy Grainger, one of the premiere American composers of the mid-twentieth century, and two are by John Philip Sousa, each a departure from his normal march fare. Grainger will be recognized with “Blithe Bells,” a melodious setting of J. S. Bach’s sentimental favorite, and “Sheep May Safely Graze,” followed by “Molly on the Shore,” a favorite of bands everywhere.  

Sousa will be represented by “Manhattan Beach,” a composition usually labeled as a march in the Sousa Library, but in actuality, is a dance known as the “two-step,” popular at the turn of the 20th century. Sousa also wrote a number of suites for band, and the wind ensemble will present the first movement of his “Looking Upward Suite” entitled “By the Light of the Polar Star.”

The concert will also include “Overture in Five Flat” by Julie Giroux, “Elegy” by conductor David Holsinger, and “Trittico,” a three movement work by Vaclav Nelhybel written in the early 1960s and credited by many as one of those compositions that changed the course of band composition in that decade.  

Dr. and Mrs. Holsinger will be joined in concert by the two conductors in the Lee School of Music Instrumental Conductor Masters Program on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Heather Hall, who comes to the program from a successful stint at Signal Mountain High School, will be conducting Aaron Copland’s “Down a Country Lane.” Originally written for piano in 1962, it has been transcribed for both orchestra and band in the 1990s. Hall will also conduct Norman Dello Joio’s “Satiric Dances,” three movements written for a stage production of a comedy by Aristophanes in the mid-1970s. 

Mrs. Sarah Pearson comes from Girls Preparatory School.  Mrs. Pearson recently guest conducted with the Lee University Orchestra during its fall concert. Pearson will conduct “Courtly Airs and Dances,” a collection of modern settings of Renaissance dances by American composer Ron Nelson. The six movements span characteristic dances from five countries during the 1500s. Pearson will also conduct Jacob DeHann’s “Ammerland,” a tribute to the beautiful lake region in Germany for which it is named.

To fill out the concert, the Holsingers will select and conduct three favorites from the preceding two fall concerts.

For more information about these concerts or other music events, please call Lee’s School of Music at  614-8240.

Luken Communications Launches Rev'n On WHNE In Detroit

Luken Communications, LLC, and Tait Broadcasting, LLC, have joined forces to bring Rev’n, the automotive broadcast network, to Motor City.   Viewers can now find Rev’n over-the-air on WHNE channel 14.6 in Detroit, Michigan (DMA 13). Rev’n joins its sister network, Retro TV, which can be found on WHNE channel 14.2.  Jim Lebrato, member of WHNE, said, “Serving the capital ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Playhouse Presents Greater Tuna Feb. 10-25

The Signal Mountain Playhouse will present the comedy "Greater Tuna" on Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 at The Crest Center of Signal Crest United Methodist Church, 1105 Ridgeway Ave. This is the same road as the main mountain highway, 127 N.  The Crest Center is located at the rear of the church complex   Directed by Michelle Ford and starring Mark Oglesby and Dennis ... (click for more)

School Board Turns Thumbs Down To Proposed Funding Of Central Track

County school board members on Thursday night expressed a number of concerns about a proposed $500,000 new track under consideration for funding by the County Commission at Central High School. The vote was 9-0 to table a motion to accept the money (if offered). Karitsa Mosley-Jones said, "We've got students at schools on a high priority list and you're going to give me a track?" ... (click for more)

School Board Approves 4-Year Contract Extension With Independent Bus Drivers, Who Say They Can Handle 100 Routes; Extension Given On Custodial Contract

The county school board on Thursday night extended the contract by four years of school bus owner operators, who said they could deliver on 100 bus routes. The board delayed until a special meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Central High School the issue of whether to accept the offer of 100 contract routes. That would be handled by many of the current 49 owner operators taking ... (click for more)

Bikers Need To Have Licenses And Insurance - And Response

I am okay with Haslam’s idea of raising the gas tax and lowering the food tax.  But, I want to see a tax of bicycles since they have their own lanes now and they also have to be maintained. How much revenue would that bring in?  I would think if we have enough bike riders to have the lanes in the first place, there must be enough to generate some money for road improvements. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)