RIC Wind Ensemble to perform “Hands Across the Sea,” Oct. 7

The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble will feature music from America and the British Isles in its first fall performance, “Hands Across the Sea,” featuring guest trombone soloist Norman Bolter. The concert will take place in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall on Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. Joseph Foley, associate professor of music at RIC, will conduct.

Joseph Foley

Norman Bolter
John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” is on the Ensemble’s playlist, along with Gustav Holst’s “Moorside March,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Rhosymedre,” Charles Ives’s “Variations on America,” Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy” and American composer Eric Whitacre’s “Equus.”

Bolter will also perform one of his own works, “Timeline Contemplations.”

In 1975 at the age of 20, Bolter joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra, becoming the youngest member of the orchestra at the time. He played in the orchestra for 32 years, and continues to play and conduct regularly. Currently, Bolter is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory and has over 250 compositions to date.

“I have known Norman for almost 30 years and to this day, his musicianship and artistry inspire me,” said Foley. “He is one of the great ‘singers’ of his instrument – you're never aware the trombone is there, just the great music.”

Foley, who is the studio instructor for undergraduate and graduate trumpet students at RIC and the principal trumpet player in the Rhode Island Philharmonic, has over 50 brass arrangements to his credit.

He regularly performs with the Boston Ballet and Boston Symphony orchestras, has received six grand prizes from major music competitions and has performed in more than a dozen countries around the world.

RIC Wind Ensemble
The RIC Wind Ensemble will hold its next concert, “Orchestral Showpieces for Band,” on Dec. 2, with special guest piano soloist Stephen Martorella.

Tickets for the concert are $10, with discounts for seniors and non-RIC students; free for RIC faculty, alumni, students and staff.

For your convenience, tickets can be purchased as follows: in advance via Visa or MasterCard or Discover by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; or in person at the Nazarian Center Box Office in Roberts Hall. The Box Office is also open for sales two hours prior to performance start time in the appropriate show venue.