The University of Tennessee Wind Ensemble will perform "Urban Requiem" by
Michael Colgrass this evening at 8 p.m. in the UT Music Hall. Colgrass,
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1978, will supervise the UT
musicians for this concert.
"Urban Requiem" is scored for four saxophones and wind orchestra, arranged
into four groups, or "neighborhoods," as described by the composer.
Colgrass said that the piece was "inspired by the energy and power of our
cities, and the humor inherent in their conflicts."
Speaking about why he chose the saxophone as the lead instrument in this
composition, Colgrass said, "I feel that the saxophone is particularly
well-suited to express the variety of emotions required for this idea,
because it can be not only highly personal and poignant in character but
also powerful and commanding. It can howl like a banshee or purr like a
kitten. In short, the saxophone is perhaps more like the human voice than
any other instrument."
Four years after he received the Pulitzer Prize for the composition "Djˆ
vu," Colgrass was awarded an Emmy for a PBS documentary on him called
Soundings: The Music of Michael Colgrass. Colgrass has studied and
performed with some of the world's best musicians, including Igor
Stravinsky, Lukas Foss, Darius Milhaud and Dizzy Gillespie.
Gary Sousa, director of bands and coordinator of the wind and percussion
areas at the School of Music, will conduct this concert. Also on the
program are "Bandanna Overture" by Daren Aric Hagen, "Who Puts His Trust in
God Most Just" by J.S. Bach, and "Hammersmith" by Gustav Holst.
The UT Music Hall is located at 1741 Volunteer Boulevard. The concert is
free and open to the public. For further information about this or other
concerts at UT, call the UT Concertline at 974-5678.
Colgrass' music comes to life
Published: Tue Nov 23, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:04 p.m.