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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Pre-talk 6:45 pm; Concert 7:30 pm
CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT
Welte Rm 021, 6:45 pm
Welte Auditorium, 7:30 pm
CCSU Bands (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band) present: "Songs and Dances." The program is a mix of newer and older works for winds, featuring faculty soprano soloist, student soloist, and lots of exciting music.
Many concertgoers have experienced orchestral music or jazz music, but have yet to explore the rich possibilities of the wind band. This course will cover a brief history of the wind band, from its time as a court ensemble in Europe through its place in the world today as an exciting vehicle for renowned composers of all types. The concert program will feature an assortment of newer and older works for winds, all with ties to “songs” and “dances,” and will feature among other things faculty soprano soloist Joanne Scattergood Reeves, a student soloist, and Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2 (made famous by exuberant conductor Gustavo Dudamel). Pre-and post-concert lectures, provided by Dr. Lauren Reynolds, will give attendees an understanding of the medium, knowledge of the literature being performed, and a guide to make the listening experience more meaningful and enjoyable.
The pre-concert talk will begin at 6:45 pm in Welte Rm 021. The concert is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm in Welte Auditorium. A post-concert discussion will be held directly after the concert in the auditorium.
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Originally from Burke, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., Lauren Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education, and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Music Education at Central Connecticut State University. At CCSU she conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and athletic bands, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and music education. Under her artistic direction the CCSU ensembles have been active in the commissioning of new works for winds. She has been twice nominated and recognized as a semifinalist for the CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award.
Reynolds holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting, cognate in flute performance, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Rodney Winther, taught conducting courses, and was a regular conductor with all four full-time ensembles in the Wind Studies department. Her Master’s degree in Wind Conducting and Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education are both from the University of Delaware, where she studied with Dr. Robert Streckfuss. In addition to collegiate work, Reynolds taught high school band for several years in Calvert County, Maryland.
Reynolds was previously the conductor and music director of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, an auditioned year-round honor group comprised of the best young wind players and percussionists in the Cincinnati/Northern-Kentucky area. She is also a lead clinician for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, a nationally recognized leadership training program for young band leaders.
Active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician throughout the east coast, Reynolds has presented at state and regional conferences on the topics of conducting, rehearsal technique, and issues pertinent to small college programs. A proud working mother, Reynolds lives in Glastonbury, CT with her husband, a professional bassoonist, and her son, a toddler bassoonist in training.