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King University News :: King University Bands Present Fall Concerts Nov. 6 & 14

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 4, 2014 - Local music lovers will have two opportunities to hear King University Bands’ Fall Concert this November. On Thursday, Nov. 6, King University will present a joint concert of the 250 Jazz Ensemble and the Symphonic Band at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Northeast State Community College at 7:30 p.m. Then on Thursday, Nov. 14, King’s Symphonic Bands and 250 Jazz Ensemble will perform again at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts and bands are under the direction of Lonny Finley, director of bands and instrumental activities at King.

The 250 Jazz portion of the programs will include, among others, the Oliver Nelson classic, “Stolen Moments,” as well as “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin, and “Summertime” by George Gershwin. 250 Jazz is pleased to once again be joined at the Paramount by the King University Jazz Choir for Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” and “September” by the band, Earth, Wind and Fire. The Jazz Choir is under the direction of Shea A. Clay, assistant professor of music at King.

The Symphonic Band’s share of the concerts will focus on two multi-movement works. The first is Gustav Holst’s venerable “First Suite in E Flat for Military Band,” one of the earliest concert works composed specifically for winds and percussion. The second is a newer piece by contemporary composer, David Maslanka, “Heartsongs.”  The Symphonic Band will also feature junior student conductor, Victoria Stephens, conducting Richard Saucedo’s “Triumphant Fanfare” and will conclude with “Mangulina” by Paul Basler. 

The first concert will be held at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Northeast State Community College, on Nov. 6, and is free to attend. The second performance will take place at the Paramount Center for the Arts in historic downtown Bristol, on Friday, Nov. 14, both at 7:30 p.m. Admission for this performance is $5.00 for the general public and free to students and faculty presenting a King ID.

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