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Band plans performance before apocalypse hits

Features Editor

Source: Dr. Pete LaRue
The Tiger Symphonic Band will perform its “Apocalyptic Concert” on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. The concert features tuba soloist Nicholas Collins, as well as Evan Harrell, the “Student Composer In-Residence,” both featured above.

With all the natural disasters, zombie crazes and movies like “2012,” one has to wonder:  “What if the Mayans are right?” The Tiger Symphonic Band wanted to be sure to plan their concert before the rumored end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012, just in case. So, on  Monday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. in the John L. Hill Chapel, the Band Scholars will present their “Apocalyptic Concert.” Price of admission to the concert will be canned or processed food-stuffs that will be donated to the AMEN House for distribution to the less-fortunate in the Scott County area.

Band director Dr. LaRue picked the concert theme solely because of the 12/12/12 conspiracy, which, strangely enough, opened up the possibility of quite a few tunes that fit into that category. The program will include works by Hazo, Stuart, Gershwin and others. Pieces like “Ghost Dances,”  “A Hymn for Band,”  “World of Warcraft” and “Chorus Angelorum” depict both “calamity and redemption,” LaRue explains.

Sophomore tubist Nicholas Collins is the featured student soloist. This music education major will be performing “Concert Rondo” by Capuzzi, and LaRue says that “his performance will blow you away.”

Senior tubist and composer Evan Harrell will be premiering an original work, a piece that he wrote with the concert theme in mind. “The idea of writing about the end of the world, apocalypse, whatever you want to call it, seemed intriguing to me.”  The piece is called “Twenty-Thirteen,” and he describes it as “looking at the end of the world from the other side: redemption, opportunity, a clean slate.”  He hopes that his piece will sound “like a release after a long struggle” or “the sun after a storm.”

“Evan has well-earned the title as our Student Composer In-Residence,” Dr. LaRue said. “This will be the fourth and final of Evan’s special compositions for our Tiger Symphonic Band as he will be student teaching in the spring.”

Evan encourages students to come to the concert, but not just to hear his new composition. “I hope people will come to the concert to hear great music. But more than that, people should come to support the food donation we make to the AMEN House. It’s really a group effort; it supports the community, and it’s a tradition the Tiger Bands have been doing for a while.”