February 23 — Woodwind quintet concert with all-American themes

Contact: Lois Price, price@champlain.edu, or Erik Esckilsen, esckilse@champlain.edu

When and Where: 7 p.m., Morgan Room, Aiken Hall — FREE

The program for this concert is described below this video.


As you can tell by the titles, some of the music in this concert is meant to graphically portray geographical features of the U.S. or to celebrate American folk song.

Themes: Americana, music as a means of expression, music connected to ideas/places/heritage, musicians working as team (community), etc.


Red Oak Suite by David Crowe…with movements called Harvest Hymn, County Fair Waltz and Barnyard Chase

Three tunes from Old American Songs by Aaron Copland: “Zion’s Walls,” “I Bought Me a Cat,” and “Ching-a-Ring Chaw”

Movements by Robert Muczynski

Quintet No. 2 by David Maslanka

Roaring Forksby Eric Ewazen…with movements called “Whitewater Rapids (Maroon Creek),” “Columbines (Snowmass Lake),” and “At the Summit (Buckskin Pass).@font-face { font-family: “Cambria”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }

Course links (a partial brainstormed list):


GDD and ART: Encounter the capacity of music to evoke imagery (and vice versa).


Digital Filmmaking and E-game: theme and motif music to create such effects as suspense, foreshadowing, subtext, and even characterization


Rhetoric: the evocative power of music and its capacity to reinforce rhetorical messages; the link between music and poetry as rhetorical forms

Concepts of Community: the orchestra as community; roles performed for the common good; music as an evocation of culture

Aesthetic Expressions: Here’s a great professional development opportunity for instructors in this course to deepen their knowledge of music as an aesthetic expression.

Secular and Sacred: Musical folkways, music’s role in religious practice

Capitalism and Democracy: Americana and cultural identity as expressed through music; use of music in politics and political movements (e.g., Civil Rights era, campaign themes)

Education: This is also a great professional development opportunity for Education faculty and students, as the quintet will discuss, in brief, the learning trajectory of a musician — and, who knows, maybe something about music education more generally.


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