Heisey Wind Ensemble Opens Season with Concert at Denison
Posted: October 18, 2004
The Heisey Wind Ensemble will open its 20th season at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday (Oct. 24) in Swasey Chapel. Russel Mikkelson, music director, has titled this concert "Shall We Dance?" The guest soloists for the concert are William and Lucia Campbell, trumpeter and soprano, respectively. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and students under 12 are free.
The Heisey Wind Ensemble has received many requests for a return visit by the Campbells, who were soloists with the group in March 1997. William, who was professor of trumpet at the Ohio State University, is currently teaching at the University of Michigan. Lucia has performed frequently with Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giulini while singing in Florence with the Opera of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. William will perform "Trumpet in the Night" and "Napoli" with Lucia. She will perform two selections from Italian opera.
Dance music presented by the Heisey Wind Ensemble at the concert includes "Dance of the Jesters" by Tchaikovsky, "Courtly Airs and Dances" by Ron Nelson, "Polka and Fugue from Schwanda, the Bagpiper" by Weinberger, "Armenian Dances" by Alfred Reed, "Puzta" by Jan Van der Roost and music of Duke Ellington.
Last year, the Ensemble was selected as one of the top community music groups in the state by the Ohio Music Educators Association and performed at OMEA's annual conference in February. The band membership is made up of community members, and Denison University students and faculty. Formed in February 1985 by J .M. Day and Don Workman, since 1987 the Denison University music department has provided facilities support and some operational funding. The balance of the cost of the season is funded through patron giving and ticket sales.
Mikkelson, in addition to serving as HWE music director, serves as director of university bands and as an associate professor of conducting at Ohio State University. Mikkelson serves on the Big Ten Band Directors Association Commissioning Panel and has instituted a program of regular commissioning projects at OSU. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the most prestigious American honor a band conductor can receive.
The remaining concerts of the Heisey Wind Ensemble season are:
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