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Annual President’s Gala Concert Presents “Transformations”

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 30, 2015) – The University of Central Missouri Department of Music, in conjunction with the Performing Arts Series, presents the annual UCM President’s Gala, “Transformations,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Hendricks Hall.

The annual spring concert, a tribute to UCM's President and First Lady, Chuck and Kris Ambrose, is presented as part of the PAS Premier Series, bringing the talents of UCM’s Department of Music to the stage.

New to the program this year is a performance by the New Technologies Ensemble. In a celebration of the ever-changing world of music that has transformed the definition of a musical instrument, the students in the group will perform on a variety of digital controllers.  Michael Sekelsky, professor of music and associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, will be featured with the group on a digital drum set.

The Concert Choir will perform Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, which takes the audience through the varying stages of fall and winter. UCM’s Symphony Orchestra will perform Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite and two movements from The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.

The Jazz Ensemble I will make the transformation from dance band to modern jazz with their performance of Ko-Ko, an Edward Kennedy arrangement of a chart by Duke Ellington, and a more modern jazz composition, Green Piece, by Maria Schneider.

Closing the concert will be the Wind Ensemble with Elegy for Miles Davis, from Richard Rodney Bennett’s Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra. Alan Wenger, professor of music, will be the featured soloist.

Tickets for the President’s Gala may be purchased online or at the door one hour prior to the event. Admission is $7 for adults, with K-12 and UCM students admitted free.