Central Michigan University's School of Music announces the World Premiere of the David Maslanka Concerto No. 3 ("Do You Know My Name?") for Piano and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 pm in the Staples Family Concert Hall. CMU music professor Alexandra Mascolo-David will be the piano soloist and Director of Bands John E. Williamson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
This concert is free and open to the public.
In 2012, Alexandra Mascolo-David approached David Maslanka and inquired into the possibility of a commission for a new piano concerto, which Mr. Maslanka welcomed with opened arms. Alexandra contacted Jack Williamson, director of the CMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, who displayed considerable interest in the project. Professor Williamson began right away on the commission endeavor, working with his colleagues in the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association. The Association, led by Scott Boerma, Director of Bands at Western Michigan University, raised over $30,000 to cover the cost of the commission. Now, the concerto has been completed and rehearsals are underway, with the world premiere taking place on February 21, 2017 at CMU.
Program Notes, by David Maslanka
The opening of Concerto No. 3 is devoted to the exposition of a Bach Chorale melody, "Als vierzig Tag' nach Ostern" ("Forty Days After Easter"). Some years ago I used this melody as the basis for a movement of another piece, This is the World, for two pianos and two percussionists. The essence of the movement is solo piano with vibraphone. It is an extremely inward and beautiful movement. I gave it the title, "Do You Know My Name?,"the implication being, "do you truly know who I am; do you see my soul?" I used the end of this movement as the end of this new concerto. The work is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Robert D. Jorgensen (1945 –2015). Director of Bands Emeritus, The University of Akron, who served the MACBDA with distinction, both as President and as a member of the Commissioning Committee. (December, 2016)
David Maslanka Biography
David Maslanka is one of the most revered and prominent American living composers. He has received five residence fellowships at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, as well as grants from the University of Connecticut Research Foundation, the American Music Center, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, the State University of New York Research Foundation, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers(ASCAP). He has earned the National Endowment for the Arts Composer Award three times. Since 1980, Maslanka has served as a guest composer for over 100 universities, music festivals, and conferences.
Thank you to all the consortium participating schools and their respective Band Directors
Ball State University – Thomas Caneva, Director of Bands
Bowling Green State University – Bruce Moss, Director of Bands
Central Michigan University – John E. Williamson, Director of Bands
Eastern Michigan University – Mary K. Schneider, Director of Bands
Kent State University – Jesse Leyva, Director of Bands
Miami University – Gary Speck, Director of Bands
Northern Illinois University – Thomas Bough, Director of Athletic Bands
Ohio University – Andrew Trachsel, Director of Bands
The University of Akron – Galen Karriker, Director of Bands
University of Massachusetts Amherst – Matthew Westgate, Director of Wind Studies
University of Toledo – Jason Stumbo, Director of Bands
Western Michigan University – Scott Boerma, Director of Bands