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Classical Band: Juniata Concert Band to Perform Selections from Puccini to Berigan

(Posted November 13, 2012)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- It's a rare concert that can combine the influence of Bunny Berigan, classical music from the former Soviet Union and Korean folk music, but the Juniata College Concert Band will perform all that and more at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.

Tickets for the performance are $5 for adults at the door and free for students under age 18 and Juniata students with current ID.

The concert will open with a classical composition by Giacomo Puccini, Scossa Elettrica," which translates as "The Electric Shock." Puccini is well known for his operas "Madama Butterfly" and Turandot."

The ensemble will then play "Variations on a Korean Love Song." The composer John Barnes Chance, based the piece on the Korean song "Arirang," which he heard serving in the U.S. Army in Korea.

The centerpiece of the first half of the concert is what James Latten, associate professor of music and director of the Concert Band, has titled "Big Band Showcase." The ensemble will play a medley of big band classics. Included are "Undecided," which was written by Charlie Shavers; "I Can't Get Started," which was written by Ira Gershwin and became famous as a theme song for trumpeter Bunny Berigan; "How High the Moon," from the musical "Two for the Show;" "I'll Remember April," which debuted in an Abbot and Costello film and has been recorded by dozens of jazz artists and pop singers; and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," which was a hit first for the Andrews Sisters and later hit the top 40 with Bette Midler.

After intermission, the band will play three dances by Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian. The most well-known of his many compositions, "Sabre Dance," will be played first, followed by "Lullaby" and "Dance of the Rose Maidens."

Next, the ensemble will perform "Ave Maria," by Franz Shubert, one of the most popular composers of the Romantic era, The last selection will be "Voodoo," by Daniel Bukvich, which is based on the sounds of a jungle during nighttime.

The members of the Juniata College Concert Band are as follows:

Flute: Principal Flute: Anshu Chawla, a junior from Fairport, N.Y.; Rebecca Brumbaugh, a sophomore from Hilton, N.Y.; Sara Cooper, a sophomore from Danville, Pa.; Ashlee Fultz, a junior from Huntingdon, Pa.; Alex Hansen, a sophomore from Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Sarah Holmgren, a senior from Hummelstown, Pa.; Michelle Hoover, a sophomore from Lincoln University, Pa.; Allison Lutz, a sophomore from Lewistown, Pa.; Shannon Manley, a sophomore from Elizabeth, Pa.; Natasha Rosler, a sophomore from Bloomsburg, Pa.; Alyssa Stevens, a community member from Saltillo, Pa.; and Melissa Topping, a freshman from Harrisburg, Pa.

Oboe: Principal Oboe: Bridget Canning, a sophomore from Centre Hall, Pa.; Linley Erickson, a freshman from Chicago, Ill.; Candice Kerestan, a junior from Huntingdon, Pa.; and Alexa Laudenslager, a junior from Halifax, Pa.

Bassoon: Principal Bassoon: Doriana Hyman, a freshman from Port Washington, N.Y.; Vickie Arthur, a junior from Lancaster, Pa.; and Alex Ashman, a community member from Mount Union, Pa.

B Flat Clarinet: Principal Clarinet: Megan Burger, a senior from Bellefonte, Pa.; Sara Bean, a community member from Huntingdon; Linda Carpenter, a community member from Huntingdon; Rachel Gingrich, a junior from Freeburg, Pa.; Kayla Morgan, a freshman from Saltillo, Pa.; Felicia Segelken, a senior from Delhi, N.Y.; and Garrett Stevens, a community member from Saltillo, Pa.

Bass Clarinet: Samantha Harrison, a junior from Northfield, Mass.

Alto Saxophone: Principal Saxophone: John Coda, a sophomore from Shady Grove, Pa.; Sari Baba, a freshman international student from Japan; Rebecca Carr, a sophomore from Morrisdale, Pa.; Dominic Doganiero, a junior from Wellsboro, Pa.; Morgan Knepp, a sophomore from Everett, Pa.; Frank Marino, a freshman from Speonk, N.Y.; Brad Ness, a sophomore from New Milford, Conn.; Barrett Richard, a senior from Harrisburg, Pa.; Jared Richard, a senior from Harrisburg, Pa.; Nia Smith, a freshman from Manheim, Pa.; and Michelle Vistnes, a sophomore from Rockville, Md.

Tenor Saxophone: Melissa Ensor, a junior from Westminster, Md., and Aaron Womer, a junior from Sherman's Dale, Pa.

Baritone Saxophone: Avery Fordham, a junior from Clarks Summit, Pa.

Horn: David Dunlap, a community member from Huntingdon, and Katie Downey, a senior from Warren, Pa.

Trumpet: Principal Trumpet: Mitch Stanton, a sophomore from Westminster, Md.; Scott Benfer, a sophomore from New Berlin, Pa.; Ethan Cree, a sophomore from Fallentimber, Pa.; Bill Crownover, a community member from Mount Union, Pa.; Elizabeth Faust, a sophomore from Thurmont, Md.; Nate Fischer, a junior from Ringwood, N.J.; Jonathan Partsch, a sophomore from Salix, Pa.; Alex Sickler, a junior from Edwardsville, Pa.; and Bradley Spayd, a freshman from Altoona, Pa.

Trombone: Principal Trombone: David Paul, a sophomore from Mercer, Pa., and Bill Croissant, a community member from Huntingdon.

Euphonium: Principal Euphonium: Nick Allin, a freshman from Oxford, N.J.; Will Lupold, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, Pa.; Lindsay Monihen, a community member from Huntingdon; and Lance Sanderson, a sophomore from Mount Wolf, Pa.

Tuba: Principal Tuba: Linden Allison, a freshman from State College, Pa.; John Kovalchik, a community member from Pine Grove Mills, Pa.; Matt Hoover, a community member from Huntingdon; and Katie Schroeder a sophomore from Kempton, Pa.

Percussion: Matt Brumbaugh, a freshman from Pen Argyl, Pa.; Alex Miller, a freshman, from York, Pa.; Emily Reinl, a freshman from Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Jessica Toot, a senior from New Oxford, Pa.; and Laura Vannucci, a sophomore from New Fairfield, Conn.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.