Wind Ensemble to perform "Orchestral Showpieces for Band," Dec. 2

Joseph Foley
Joseph Foley, a RIC associate professor of music who is conducting the RIC Wind Ensemble this fall, says he wanted the program for the Ensemble’s final performance of the semester to be “a bit out of the ordinary.”

The Wind Ensemble will present “Orchestral Showpieces for Band” – which will focus more on pieces associated with the orchestra and less on original band music – with special guest piano soloist Stephen Martorella in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall on Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m.

Martorella – a RIC adjunct faculty member, the minister of music at the First Baptist Church in America and the artistic director for the South County Chamber Singers – has performed frequently with local groups, including the Rhode Island Civic Chorale, the Providence New Music Ensemble and Music on the Hill.

The Providence Journal wrote that Martorella is, “a performer of the most refined musical tastes and abilities.”

Orchestra pieces played by a wind ensemble could have posed a huge technical challenge, said Foley, but he accepted that challenge with an optimistic mind.

“Many of our students have never played in an orchestra, and as a result may not have played, or known, this great repertoire,” said Foley.

Stephen Martorella
Pieces selected for the show were originally conceived with an orchestra composed of full string sections in mind. For “Orchestral Showpieces for Band,” members of the Wind Ensemble that play instruments such as the flute, clarinet or trumpet will play parts that meant for strings, Foley said.

“There are lots of notes to be learned, and that is great for our students,” he said. “You need to learn how to learn lots of material, and quickly. That’s how it is in the real music world.”

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, 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.