Pianist Nicola Melville will join the Carleton College Symphony Band in a special performance honoring the works of renowned American composers on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Entitled “An American Miscellany,” the program is free and open to the public.
“An American Miscellany” will feature the talents of pianist Melville, an associate professor of music at Carleton and an accomplished live performer who has premiered the work of many composers in the United States and her native New Zealand. Melville and the Symphony Band will present such works as George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” one of the most popular pieces of American concert music. Other works to be featured in the concert include Charles Ives’s “Variations on America”, William Schuman’s “Chester: Variations for Piano” and Aaron Copland’s “El Salón México.”
The Carleton Symphony Band, directed by music professor Ron Rodman, focuses on band and wind ensemble pieces as well as orchestral transcriptions. Students are selected for the band through auditions. The band performs once each term as well as at Commencement each spring.
For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Department of Music at (507) 222-4347. The Carleton College Concert Hall is located on First and Winona Streets in Northfield.