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Wind Ensemble concept concert “(Re-) Made” – April 23

The RIC Wind Ensemble concludes its spring season with a concept concert titled “(Re-) Made in America,” on Friday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Robert Franzblau conducts the RIC Wind Ensemble.
Robert Franzblau, wind ensemble conductor, said the program began as a review of contemporary compositions for wind band to be titled “Made in America.” However Franzblau realized that “all of the major pieces were in fact re-workings of other music, written by non-Americans," thus the change to ‘(Re-) Made.’

“Music, like the other fine arts, has a fascinating ability to refer back onto itself,” said Franzblau. “Composers have probably been borrowing from and quoting each other since the dawn of mankind. Mozart, Bach and Beethoven are among the giants of Western art music who have famously taken existing melodies as points of departure for their own works.”

The concert features performances by the winners of the annual RIC senior concerto competition, Moriah Ramos (flute) and Jennifer Murphy (clarinet). Ramos will be featured as a soloist in Chaminade’s "Concertino," while Murphy will perform in Cavallini’s "Adagio and Tarantella."

The concert program will also feature Timothy Mahr’s “Fantasia in G,” conducted by RIC student Jenna Ramos; Gustav Holst’s “Chaconne”; Steven Bryant’s “Suite Dreams”; and David Del Tredeci’s “In Wartime.”

During the concert intermission, music faculty will present the John Pellegrino Brass Scholarship, awarded annually to a full-time brass student completing the first year of a music degree.

Tickets for “(Re-) Made in America” are $10, with discounts for seniors, RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni, and children. For your convenience, tickets can be purchased in advance via Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours prior to performance start time.