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GCSU concert band to present "A Night of Overtures"

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POSTED: October 16, 2006
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The Georgia College & State University concert band will present "A Night of Overtures" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at Russell Auditorium at Georgia College. This event is free and open to the public.

"Overtures are similar to our modern day movie trailers," said Dr. Todd Shiver, associate professor of music and director of bands. "They get the attention of the audience and create anticipation by giving a preview of the music to follow."

"Just as a movie trailer is much more exciting than the actual movie, so are many of the overtures featured in the concert, which have become more popular than the operas for which they were written," said Shiver. "For example Leonard Bernstein’s overture to Candide is much more popular than the actual opera it was composed for."

Bernstein’s third Broadway musical, "Candide," had a brief premiere because it was deemed a commercial failure. But the overture continued to be performed. The New York Philharmonic Orchestra performed it in 1957, and in 1968 Clare Grundman obtained Bernstein's permission and transcribed the overture for band. It is now considered one of the most popular pieces among concert band literature, according to the GCSU program notes.

In addition to "Candide," the concert band will perform Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," Verdi's "Nabucco," and Shostakovich's "Festive" in A Major.

Shiver said he planned a concert of overtures to not only be exciting and entertaining for guests, but also to be fun and challenging for the performing musicians.

For more information, call the Department of Music and Theatre at (478) 445-4226.

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For more information, contact Binky Strickland in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.