Professor Luis Viquez

A joint concert is scheduled on Monday, March 20, featuring the symphonic band and the concert band from the University of South Dakota, which will include the world premiere of a piece by a Kansas City composer.

The concert will take place in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall and directed by Professor Peter Lillpopp with the symphonic band and Professor Luis Viquez with the concert band.

The symphonic band will perform works by Percy Grainger, Philip Spark and Ralph Vaughan Williams and feature a guest soloist clarinet performance by Viquez, the USD clarinet professor. In the solo performance, Viquez will play “Black Dog Rhapsody for Clarinet and Band” by Scott McAllister.

Viquez will then switch roles to direct the concert band.

“I am very excited for this concert, in which I get the opportunity to both perform as a soloist and conduct,” Viquez said. "’Black Dog’ is a very challenging piece inspired in Led Zeppelin's piece. Basically, the clarinet has to sound like an electric guitar. It is so much fun to play.”

The concert band will be performing the world premiere of “Dusk Dances” by Daniel Morel out of Kansas City. Prior to the concert, Morel is giving a lecture regarding his work at 9 a.m. in room 144 of the music department as part of a residence at USD.

“I am very much looking forward to have Daniel Morel on campus,” Viquez said. “I have collaborated with him in many occasions, premiering some of his instrumental pieces. He is a composer with a very defined style and with a promising career.”

The concert band will also be playing the “First Suite” by Gustav Holst with guest conductor Andrew Quinn and “Surprise City” by Ferrer Ferran, who Viquez said donated the music to be played at USD.

“I would like to thank Maestro Ferrer Ferran, which is one of the most prominent European band composers and conductors,” Viquez said. “This is a lovely piece that contains references to Latin America folkloric music.”

The following day, Tuesday March 21, the USD music department will host the South Dakota New Music Concert with compositions by Chen Yi, Michael Ugrich, Patrick Long, Leanna Keith and USD’s composition faculty Dr. Paul Lombardi. That will be held at 7 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall.

At the end of the week on Thursday, March 23, a final concert will be held featuring the Viquez-Wadley duo and the South Dakota Chamber Winds present a faculty chamber music recital. Faculty members Stephanie Kocher, C.J. Kocher, Lorrie Thomas, Gary Reeves, Darin Wadley and Viquez will perform music by Richard Hervig, Jacques Ibert, Paul Lombardi and Ludwig van Beethoven.

All events are free to the public.


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