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UCA Wind Ensemble Concert Features USAF Band Soloist

Posted: March 12, 2014 - 6:27pm
Master Sgt. Blake Arrington
Master Sgt. Blake Arrington

In recognition of the UCA Band Centennial, the University of Central Arkansas will host a concert featuring clarinet soloist Master Sgt. Blake Arrington of the United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C. Sgt. Arrington is a native of Little Rock, a graduate of Parkview Magnet School, and UCA band alumnus. The concert is Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., in the Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Dr. Ricky Brooks, Director of Bands, the concert is one of the festivities celebrating the centennial year of the UCA Bands. “As we celebrate100 years of the UCA band, we are excited to feature one of our alumni who is at the pinnacle of his career with the USAF band,” he said. Sgt. Arrington will premiere two movements of a new work he commissioned with composer William Bolcom, “Concerto for Clarinet and Band.”

Brooks added, “We are thrilled to also present one of our undergraduate music majors as a soloist on the concert.” Daniel Detogni, undergraduate music major from Conway, will be solo pianist on George Gershwin’s monumental “Rhapsody in Blue.” Daniel is a co-winner of the annual UCA Wind Ensemble Student Spotlight Competition.

Rounding out the program for the evening will be “Scarecrow Overture,” by Joseph Turrin, based on a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and “Polka and Fugue” from the comic opera “Schwanda the Bagpiper,” by Jaromir Weinberger. The concert finale will be the “George Washington Bicentennial March,” by John Philip Sousa.

Looking ahead, the UCA Wind Ensemble, in conjunction with the UCA foundation and alumni offices, will perform and host a gala centennial concert and reception at the Meyerson Symphony Hall, Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, April 13. The 3 p.m. matinée concert will be free and open to the public.

For more information about UCA band centennial events, contact Brooks at 450-5764 or rickyb@uca.edu.

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