UMES ushers in holiday season with concerts
PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(Nov. 15, 2013)The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Fine Arts presents two concerts to signal the start of the holiday season. The Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts is host to both events, Nov. 19 and 24.
Some 20 members of the school’s Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble perform big band and modern compositions Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Vocalist Ebony Smith will be featured in some of the selections.
“Exciting arrangements, enthusiastic students and an engaging performance…” are in store for concert goers, said Brian Perez, lecturer of woodwinds at the university. Perez said his original arrangement of the Christmas classic, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” will premier along with the group’s performing works by pop artist Bilal.
If you didn’t get enough or missed out on the jazz event, UMES presents the Wind Ensemble in concert Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.
Director Mercury Morris is a UMES alumnus and adjunct instructor, a teacher at Purnell Music Studio of Salisbury and a former Somerset County music educator. Musicians from the community, alumni and faculty join students in the 16-member ensemble. Lloyd Griffith, a music major graduating next month, is the guest conductor for a piece called “A Festival Prelude.”
Morris has put together a mixture of music from different genres from the Romantic period to marches of the early 20th century.
“I want the audience to come away with an appreciation for the many styles of concert music,” Morris said.
Admission is free. Call 410-651-6571 for more information.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, firstname.lastname@example.org.