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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concert

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 41 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: C Amirkhanian

This is the first half of a concert given at the Fresno State College Department of Music, Recital Hall Music Building on Nov. 11, 1964. It features compositions by students and faculty of Fresno State College performed by members of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In the audience that day was the recently appointed President of Fresno State, Frederic W. Ness, whose own participation in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfona in his college days made it especially meaningful for all the musicians performing for him. Providing the spoken introduction at the start of the concert is, the then 19 year old, Charles Amirkhanian, who went on to an illustrious career as Musical Director at KPFA, Executive and Artistic Director of Other Minds, and stalwart promoter and educator of all things pertaining to New Music.

Musical Selections:  Hail Sinfonia / Sullivan-Lutton -- These Things Shall Be [text by J. Addington Symonds] (1944) / Russell S. Howland -- Exhortation of the Dawn (1944) / Russell S. Howland -- Prelude for Percussion / Edwin Jackson -- Quartet No. 1 for Saxophones (1961) / Russell S. Howland -- Once The Wind (1964) [text by Mark Van Doren] / John Russell -- The Dark Hills [text by E.A. Robinson] (1963) / John Russell -- Variations on a Much-Used Theme (1957) / Richard Smith
Performers:  John Garrrett, conductor (Hail Sinfonia)
The Sinfonia Chorus, (These Things ; Exhortation)
Russell S. Howland, conductor (These Things ; Exhortation)
Charles Amirkhanian, percussion (Prelude)
Jeff Jackson, percussion (Prelude)
Douglas Rippey, percussion (Prelude)
Wanda Rogers, percussion (Prelude)
Wayne SanFilippo, percussion (Prelude)
Duane Scott, percussion (Prelude)
John H. Martin, conductor (Prelude)
The Fresno Saxophone Quartet (Quartet)
Russell Howland, soprano sax (Quartet)
Eiji Maruko, alto sax (Quartet)
Raymond George, tenor sax (Quartet)
Robert Abbott, baritone sax (Quartet )
The Fresno State College Chamber Singers (Once ; Dark)
Verne Delaney, conductor (Once ; Dark)
James Winter, French horn (Variations)
Richard Smith, French horn (Variations)
Carl Kimball, piano (Variations)
Genres:  Chamber Music; Art Songs
Subject:  Percussion ensembles; Chamber music; Woodwind quartets (Saxophones (4)); Choruses; Art songs
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Howland, Russell S.; Jackson, Edwin; Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893; Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972; Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935; Russell, John; Smith, Richard
Recording Date:  11/11/1964
 
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