Wind Ensemble to Present Veterans Day Concert

November 4, 2011

CONTACT: Rusty Raymond

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - The Missouri Southern State University Wind Ensemble will present an Veterans Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. this Monday Nov.7  in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the MSSU campus.  The concert commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of composer Percy Aldrich Grainger.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will begin with "Irish Tune from County Derry." Most in the audience will be familiar with this melody as the theme from “Oh, Danny Boy.” Grainger’s passion for collecting folksong has been demonstrated through the majority of his compositions.  The next composition cemented his place among the most important wind band composers. 

Lincolnshire Posy is a six movement work commissioned by the American Bandmasters Association. Grainger described the piece as a “bunch of musical wildflowers” and is considered by many to be one of the cornerstones of the band repertoire.

MSSU faculty member Dr. Stacey Borelos will join a smaller chamber for "The Merry King." The work was first sketched for chorus about 1905 or 1906.  This setting for piano with room-music (single wind-instruments) was sketched out in July of 1936 and worked out in late 1938 and early 1939.  This version is the root-form of this setting, from which the dish-up for piano solo is an off-shoot.

The concert will conclude with the "Gum-Suckers March." A “gum-sucker” is an Australian nick-name for Australians born in Victoria, the home state of the composer.  The eucalyptus trees that abound in Victoria are called “gums,” and the young shoots at the bottom of the trunk are called “suckers.”

“Gum-sucker” came to mean a young native son of Victoria, just as Ohioans are nick-named “Buck-eyes”. 

In the march, Grainger used his own "Australian Up-Country-Song" melody, written by him to typify Australia, which melody he also employed in his "Colonial Song" for two voices and orchestra, or military band.