Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 05:00PM

University of Maryland Wind Orchestra: Dance Concerto

In this In this multi-genre performance, the UMD Wind Orchestra opens with arrangements of popular songs by Sigur Ros’ front man Jon Por “Jonsi” Birgission.

UMWO then gives the Eastern U.S. premiere of Dance Concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble with Paul Cigan, clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra.

The world premiere of James Syler’s Three Places in Jazz completes the concert, fusing jazz, be-bop and classical forms to evoke the landscapes of New Orleans’ Congo Square in the late 1800s, Storyville in 1915, and Minton’s Playhouse in 1940s' New York.

Learn more about the pieces and composers featured on this program in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

Jon "Jonsi" Birgisson - Jonsi Music (2010), arr. David Vickerman
Kolnidur ("Coal-black")
Hengilas ("Padlock")
Go Do

This list includes:

Ágætis byrjun — Sigur Rós
Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number:  MCD 17448

Kveikur — Sigur Rós
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number:  MCD 17425
Iceland’s Sigur Rós has released seven albums that blend fantasy and folklore in a cinematic and orchestral amalgam that is all their own. From their debut with 1997’s Von, through their critical and commercial breakthrough with 1999’s Ágætis byrjun, to 2013’s Kveikur, Sigur Rós has created a singular sound that draws on the rock, pop, metal and orchestral traditions while telling stories in their native Icelandic tongue. Despite personnel changes and a switch to a new record label, the band has continued to strike emotional and intellectual chords and provided their listeners with a stream of sounds that is unparalleled in its ethereal beauty.

Donald Crockett - Dance Concerto (2013)
I. Might Not Be A Rumba
II. Slow Dance
III. Last Dance
Paul Cigan, clarinet soloist

This list includes: 

David Froom: Song and Dance — The 21st Century Consort, Christopher Kendall, conductor
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number:  MCD 17424
As a principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra and a member of the 21st Century Consort, Paul Cigan has performed in a wide array of musical genres. The music of American composer David Froom requires just this kind of versatility; in the words of fellow composer Eric Moe, it is “infused with a rhythmic and gestural sensibility that draws excitement and expression from a sea of vernacular, modernist, and post-modernist musical languages.” This recording brings together the influences of Hebrew poetry, medieval and jazz dance, texts by Ralph Waldo Emerson and modern chamber music to create a blend of styles that perfectly showcases the talent and skill of the Consort’s players.

James Syler - Three Places in Jazz
I. Congo Square (2014)
II. Storyville (1996)
III. Minton's Playhouse (1994)