Faculty within the Yavapai College Music Department will showcase their talents alongside the school’s music ensembles in the upcoming Faculty Showcase.
Held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., it’s the first time the college has done this in his tenure,
said Chris Tenney, conductor of the symphonic band and symphony orchestra. The idea is for students in those two bands, along with students in the concert band, to be encouraged to be the best they can be, Tenney said.
“Really, there’s this fine line that you walk between too difficult for the students and too easy for the students and perfect for an audience and not perfect for an audience,” he said. “We try to walk that line pretty well and the thing that I’ve decided that will help our students shine is to have them accompany incredible artists.”
Yavapai College’s music department is just full of excellent musicians and really talented people to do so, Tenney said. Featured in this show are four big performers: Dr. Peter Mueller on trombone featured during the symphony band’s performance of Rimsky-Korsakof’s Trombone Concerto in B flat Major, Gary Flowers on clarinet featured during the symphonic band’s performane of von Weber’s Clarinet Concertino, Michellinda Audis singing mezzo-soprano featured during the symphony orchestra’s performance of Bizet’s Habanera from “Carmen” and Calvin Audis on bass trombone, featured during the orchestra’s performance of Steven Frank’s Variations of Barnacle Bill the Sailor.
The faculty has been supportive of the opportunity to perform with the students and have been working together with the groups to help them grow and sound great, Tenney said.
The groups have other pieces they are playing as well, including Berlioz’ March to the Scaffold and Leemans’ March of the Belgian Paratroopers, he said.
“We’ve got great music just to feature each one of the groups themselves and then along with that, we have them accompanying these fabulous talented professors,” Tenney said. “It’s a concert that I was interested in doing a year ago and it’s been a year in the making and I really appreciate my students stepping up to the challenge and these professors being as supportive as they have been.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Yavapai College employees and students and free for children under 18 and are available on www.ycpac.com or by calling the box office at 928-776-2000.
The concert is full of a little bit of something for everyone with music that’s exciting and challenging, especially with the biggest orchestra he’s had since he started at the college, Tenney said.
With the concert being a year in the making, it took him a while to find the music that made sense, but he listened to the faculty who helped him pick pieces they knew they’d sound great on and the students could handle, he said. Though the groups aren’t professionals, they do have some excellent players, Tenney said.
“The bar is really being raised. Every time we try a concert, I feel like we can challenge our students just a little bit more,” he said. “This is a great example of that
By Jason Wheeler, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels