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RIC Wind Ensemble to put audience in a golden state of mind April 24

Composers, soloists and styles from the Golden State will be showcased. The acclaimed Bay Area tuba soloist Tony Clements will return to perform the Tuba Concerto by Emmy-winning composer Bruce Broughton.

Big opening credits, cat-and-mouse chase scenes, strutting swaggers and the big finale, will all be performed in Paul Hart’s “Cartoon,” a composition celebrating the musical creativity of Saturday morning cartoon scores.

The audience will also have the privilege of seeing the world premiere of an original work, “Sechselauten,” for wind band by Alan Shockley, faculty member of California State University.

The piece was inspired by an ancient Swiss tradition of springtime, when people in Zurich would build a huge snowman out of paper, cotton, and fireworks, and light the whole thing on fire. Much like our Groundhog Day, the time that it takes for the ‘snowman’ to finally blow to pieces is said to predict how much longer winter is going to last.

“Mr. Shockley’s piece has some wild moments in it, with exploding sounds coming from the entire percussion section,” according to Robert Franzblau, conductor of the Wind Ensemble.

General admission is $7; seniors and non-RIC students, $5. Free for RIC students, faculty and staff. For further information call (401) 456-8144 or visit www.ric.edu/pfa.