(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Oct. 29, 2012) The California Lutheran University wind and jazz ensembles will perform a free two-part concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in Samuelson Chapel.
The University Wind Ensemble will open with a variety of compositions featuring traditional favorites as well as exciting works by contemporary composers. Conducted by Director of Bands Michael D. Hart, the ensemble will open with Dmitri Shostakovich’s lively “Dance I” from his Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra and the film “The Gadfly.” An arrangement of Morten Lauridsen’s popular choral work “O Magnum Mysterium” will follow and the first half will close with Eric Whitacre’s imaginative three-movement work “Ghost Train.”
The 20-piece Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Peter Woodford, will close the concert with “Swing, Swing, Swing,” an eclectic mix of new and old jazz standards.
Hart also conducts the Chamber Winds Ensemble and the CLU Pep Band, teaches music theory and ear-training courses, and provides lessons to all trombone, euphonium and tuba students. A native of Minnesota, he holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Concordia College in Minnesota and a master’s degree in music from The University of Iowa, where he is completing his doctorate. Prior to his appointment at CLU, he was a faculty member at Iowa Wesleyan College and a band director in the Minnesota public schools.
Woodford has been playing guitar professionally since 1969. For 19 years, he played with The Doc Severinsen NBC Tonight Show Band on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” He has accompanied a diverse array of musical artists whose styles range from jazz to classical to rock to pop to country. His eclectic career encompasses recordings, television shows, commercials, motion pictures, theatrical productions and concerts. He also works as a fretted instrumentalist for various orchestras in the Los Angeles area.
The chapel is located south of Olsen Road off of Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen and Mountclef Boulevard.
Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.