(MACON) – The Mercer Wind Ensemble will present a "Concert of Concertos," which will include two Georgia premieres, Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., at The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St.
The concert will be conducted by Dr. Douglas Hill, associate professor of music, director of instrumental music and coordinator of the music education program for Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.
The two works premiering are Eric Ewazen's (pictured immediate left) "Danzante" (inspired by the Diego Rivera painting) for trumpet and wind ensemble and Gary Ziek's "Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble." James Thompson (pictured far left), past principal trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony and current professor at the Eastman School of Music, will perform as soloist on the first piece, while Brian Nozny, adjunct professor of music at Mercer, will perform as soloist on the latter piece.
The Wind Ensemble will also perform additional works by Shostakovich, Iannaccone and Zdechlik.
Composer Ewazen, who is on the faculty at the Juilliard Conservatory of Music, as well as Thompson, will be working with Mercer music students while in residence April 15-16. Thompson will present for Mercer students a trumpet master class sponsored by the Yamaha Music Corporation.
For more information on the concert, call 478-301-2748.