The upcoming concert is not only an opportunity for students to enjoy a performance put on by their peers, but a chance to highlight the musical talents of several UA students. The concert will showcase the talents of many students from various backgrounds, ages, majors and experience, as well as highlight musical selections that are vibrant, aggressive, soulful and fun, Todd said. With their performance, the two bands seek to engage people of all musical preferences, from contemporary pop to rock to classical, while simultaneously dispelling the connotation associated with symphonic and concert bands. When people hear the terms symphonic band and concert band, they automatically think of older, classical music, Randall Coleman, associate director of bands and conductor of the symphonic and concert bands, said. This presents a challenge since most college students prefer to listen to new songs on the radio. However, I think our program successfully encompasses many different musical tastes by providing fast-paced, contemporary music thats easy to listen to. Similarly, Todd said the symphonic bands and concert bands are much more relatable than most people realize. They are not limited to older music, and students will be surprised to find that many of the pieces in the concert will be familiar to them. This concert will provide sounds that are familiar and recognizable, as well as some that are new and different, Todd said. The overarching goal of the concert is to promote the Alabama symphonic band and Alabama concert band, and by extension the music program as a whole. The concert allows the bands an outlet for their hard work, and ticket sales will benefit the music program. Weve worked hard to present a quality program, and we wont disappoint, Christopher Henley, a freshman majoring in organ performance and a guest member of the symphonic band, said. The concert will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of Moody Music Building. Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for students and can be purchased at uamusic.tix.com.
By Ethan Sacks / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 4:41 PM Bam Margera via YouTube Bam Margera and Nicole Boyd get married on stage Saturday in Iceland. In what may be his greatest stunt ever, Jackass star Bam Margera tied the knot Saturday – on stage in the middle of an Icelandic heavy metal concert. The 34-year-old skateboarder turned TV daredevil posted video of himself marrying longtime girlfriend Nicole Boyd on stage at the Random Hero Festival – and shared the moment with fans by posting the video on YouTube. Bam Margera via YouTube The bride wore a low-cut white dress; the groom was less resplendent in a torn purple and black cape. Kevin Winter/Getty Images Actor Bam Margera (l.) and Nicole Boyd arrive at the Hollywood premiere of the movie,’The Last Stand,’ in January. As soon thenuptialswere over, Margera joined his band, F–kface Unstoppable to belt out some tunes. PHOTOS: SHHH! SECRET CELEBRITY WEDDINGS The concert benefitted a local skating park in Reykjavik, Iceland, E! Online reported. Its the second marriage for Margera, who was hitched to childhood friend Missy Rothsein in 2007 and officially divorced last year.
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The program features works by Johan de Meij, Vincent Persichetti, George Hamilton Green and Claude T. Smith. The performance opens with Gandalf the Wizard from de Meijs Symphony No. 1 Lord of the Rings, based on J.R.R. Tolkiens 1955 fantasy trilogy. The symphony consists of five movements, each illustrating a personage or an important episode in the book. Gandalf the Wizard portrays the wizards noble character as well as a wild ride on his gray horse, Shadowfax. Persichettis Pageant was originally titled Morning Music for Band. The composition opens in a slow tempo with a horn motif that is used throughout both sections. This solemn chordal section is followed by a vivacious parade, introduced first by the snare drum. In the final portion of the piece, the two principal themes are developed simultaneously to an inspired climax. Rainbow Ripples written in 1926 by Green features soloist Rob Falvo on xylophone.
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Percussionist Ayers, who simultaneously played and looped his recordings, guided the flow of Local Natives performance. Ayers beats were so manic and his voice so powerful, I often thought he was going to burst the top button on his vintage collared shirt. Photo by Alexandra Olivia Local Natives The defining factor, and surely the most alluring, about Local Natives is its graceful three- and four-part harmonies omnipresent throughout its discography. Recorded, the vocal congruency is easily overlooked considering the studio capabilities of the 21st century. But live, its absolutely breathtaking. Local Natives closed out with a three-song encore, building steam through Colombia and Heavy Feet before explosively, if somewhat predictably, culminating with 2009’s hit single Sun Hands. Strings of flickering light bulbs swayed from the rafters as the house lights swirled uncontrollably like a hurricane just hit the venue. The crowd shouted along the lyrics as if competing with rain on a tin roof. In some respect, Local Natives formula is repetitive start with a strong percussion-based foundation, add some lingering lyrics and then dredge it in some pop sweetness. But the bands talent is unquestionable. Throughout the show, the familiar sounds of Gorilla Manor were given a new life while Hummingbirds softer sounds were energetic yet still captivating. Whatever the groups indie rock template, it’s working.