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KSC Concert Band Performs Music of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

KEENE, N.H. 4/4/05 - The Keene State College Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Douglas Nelson, will perform music of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales on Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth 17 and under. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The concert will feature tuba soloist John Manning, assistant professor of tuba at The University of Iowa, guest conductor Glen D’Eon, a 1994 alumnus of Keene State, and announcer Tom White, educational program coordinator of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at KSC.

Manning, a founding member of the award-winning Yamaha performing ensemble the Atlantic Brass Quintet, will perform Four Temperaments for Tuba by British composer Michael Brand.

Glen D’Eon, who now teaches at Fall Mountain Regional High School, will conduct First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band by British composer Gustav Holst.

The 57-member Concert Band also will perform James Curnow’s Three Irish Dances, English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Samuel Hazo’s Scottish ballad Perthshire Majesty.

The KSC Concert Choir will join the band to sing the traditional Irish tune, Be Thou My Vision. The band also will play Daniel Kallman’s The Jig is Up written in the style of Irish folk music and Robert W. Smith’s Ireland: Of Legend and Lore that tells of Brian Buro marching to battle and attacking Cahir Castle.

Virtuoso tuba soloist John Manning has toured across the U.S. and around the world with the Atlantic Brass Quintet. The quintet has won six international chamber music competitions and has performed at the White House. Manning has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Empire Brass, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has served as principal tubist with the Vermont Symphony and Albany (N.Y.) Symphony. Most recently, Manning hosted the Northeastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at University of Massachusetts and served as an adjudicator for the 2004 Tuba and Euphonium Competitions in Jeju, Korea.

In addition to conducting the KSC Concert Band, Nelson is a professor of music at Keene State, where he serves as chair of the Music Department and teaches classes in conducting and music education. He is frequently called upon as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician throughout New England. He has conducted seven concert tours of Europe with the New England Ambassadors of Music.

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