Silver Lake College’s Fall Instrumental Concert set for Oct. 9

Posted On September 22, 2015

Silver Lake College invites the public to its Fall Instrumental Concert at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the Franciscan Music Center for Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The concert will feature the college’s jazz and wind ensembles, made up of musicians including Silver Lake College students, alumni and community members.  

“The first instrumental concert of the year is always exciting because many of the musicians haven’t seen each other over the summer,” said Jeremiah Eis, Assistant Professor of Music.

“Audiences will get a lot of variety in just an hour and 15 minutes,” he said of the program.

The SLC Jazz Ensemble, a 17-piece big band, will open the concert with
“A Tribute to Count Basie.”

William James “Count” Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer whose career spanned the Roaring Twenties and the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, World War II and all the way into the early 1980s.

The program will include such numbers as “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” and “Flight of the Foo Birds.” The number “Every Day (I Have the Blues)” will feature vocalist Molly Hahn, an SLC junior.

“This portion of the concert includes a lot of swing, very toe-tapping music. It’s typically upbeat,” Eis said. “When people come to our concerts, that’s what they want to hear.”

Eis also will intersperse historical tidbits between the numbers, making it a learning experience for students as well as audience members.

While the jazz music will make listeners want to dance, the second half of the concert will feature great listening music, he said.

The Wind Ensemble, a 50-piece band, will present “Sounds of the British Isles.”

 Music will include pieces central to the traditional British brass band, a selection called “The Floral Dance” from the movie, “Brassed Off,” and folk songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams called “Sea Songs.”

“Suite from Hymn of the Highlands” will include three movements, each showcasing music from different locations in the Scottish Highland, featuring the saxophone section, Eis said.

“This is probably one the most elaborate and mature works that the ensemble has performed,” he said.

Cost of tickets is $5. To purchase tickets, call (920) 686-6173.