(Posted April 4, 2016)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Concert Band will take musical inspiration from sources ranging from Renaissance music to Korean folk music to space travel in its annual spring concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.

Tickets are $5, with children under the age of 18 getting in free. Juniata students with valid ID also can attend for free. The band will be conducted by James Latten, professor of music at Juniata.

The program for the concert is ambitious, taking in all sorts of musical influences and featuring an original arrangement by the band's artistic director, James Latten.

The concert opens with "Old Churches," by Michael Colgrass, a contemporary Canadian composer who based the instrumental piece on the vocal rhythms of the Gregorian chant. The song is inspired by ancient monasteries.

Next, the band will perform "Renaissance Suite," by James Curnow, another contemporary composer who is inspired by early musical styles. This selection is based on three 16th-century dances composed by Tielman Susato.

The ensemble will transition into crowd-pleasing baroque music as the band plays an instrumental version of the "Hallelujah Chorus," composed by George Frederic Handel, followed by "Symphony No. 1" by Daniel Bukvich. "Symphony No. 1" was written as a memoriam piece inspired by the Allied air forces' firebombing of Dresden, Germany, a horrific air attack that destroyed most of the city and killed an estimated 25,000-30,000 people.

Juniata professor Latten arranged the piece "Let There Be Peace on Earth."

After intermission, the band will perform "Variations on a Korean Folk Song," composed by John Barnes Chance. The well-known composition was written in 1965, inspired by the composer's Army service in Korea. Next, the ensemble will play "Threnody for Challenger," by James Sochinski, which honors the seven astronauts who perished in the doomed space shuttle flight of 1986.

The composition "Foundry," by John Mackey, incorporates "found percussion" instruments in addition to traditional drums and percussive instruments.

The final selection, "Stratosphere," by Otto Schwarz, uses music to describe the freefall from the outer edges of earth's stratosphere by daredevils Joseph Kittinger in 1960 and Felix Baumgartner in 2012.

The members of the Juniata College Concert Band are as follows:
Flute: Katherine Donia, a freshman from Landenberg, Pa.; Klarissa Juliano, a sophomore from Kittredge, Colo.; Elizabeth Liu, a freshman from Gaithersburg, Md.; and Melodie McCammon, a community member from Huntingdon

Oboe: Hannah Oney, a freshman from, Waynesboro, Pa.

Bassoon: Cynthia Moringiello, a community member from Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Eb Clarinet: Katie Goerl, a freshman from Hummelstown, Pa.
B Flat Clarinet: Katie Goerl, a freshman from Hummelstown, Pa.; Chelsea Keller, a sophomore from Altoona, Pa.; Sherri Law, a senior from Pennsburg, Pa.; Lauren Michel, a freshman from Manchester, Md.; and Allison Schwartz, a freshman from Olney, Md.

Bass Clarinet: Rebecca Drucker, a sophomore from Bloomsburg, Pa.

Alto Saxophone: Matt Alexander, a freshman from Greencastle, Pa.; Jennifer Carthew, a freshman from Fishertown, Pa.; Samantha Hendricks, a junior from McVeytown, Pa.; and Dan Komar, a sophomore from Danville, Pa.

Tenor Saxophone: Futaba Asakawa, a sophomore international student from Yokohama, Japan, and Owen Baker, a freshman from Northern Cambria, Pa.

Baritone Saxophone: Lily Formosa, a freshman from Coraopolis, Pa.

Horn: Signe Carlson, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.; David Dunlap, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.; and Samantha Larkin, a sophomore from Londonderry, N.H.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.