Wind Symphony to present Rhapsody in Blue

October 7, 2013

The NDSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Warren Olfert, will present Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin’s popular composition for solo piano and jazz band, on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM in Festival Concert Hall.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors; available only at the door.

Donna Lee of Kent State University will be the featured piano soloist for Rhapsody in Blue.  Having made her solo debut in 1990 with the National Symphony Orchestra, Lee has appeared as a soloist at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and Lincoln Center (New York).  She has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States.  Lee is on the faculty for Kent State University and is the co-director of the Piano Institute.

Written in 1924, Rhapsody in Blue features an opening glissando for solo clarinet, which will be performed by Challey School of Music junior Zachery Pavlicek.  A native of Dickinson, ND, Pavlicek was accepted to participate in the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium last summer in addition to attending Interlochen Music Camp (Michigan) and the International Music Camp (North Dakota) in past years.

Other pieces to be featured during this performance include American Salute by Morton Gould; O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen; Concertpiece No. 2 for Two Clarinets by Mendelssohn; Concertino for Four Percussion and Wind Ensemble by David Gillingham; Prokofiev’s March, Op. 99; Color by Bob Margolis; and Firefly by Ryan George.

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