TROY - Troy University's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, will present its fall program, "Beginnings" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Long Hall Choral Room.
Guest artists, the Troy University Guitar Ensemble, will also be featured performers in this program, which is free and open to the public.
"The title, 'Beginnings', is significant. Ten out of 12 of the frequency vocalists are brand new to the group this year and for many of them, this is their first experience with ensemble vocal jazz," said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, the music director of the group
"Rebuilding years are fun and challenging– watching their excitement when something 'clicks' and seeing them start to become a cohesive group is such a rewarding part of my job."
The program will include a wide range of jazz styles, from solo standards (Someone to Watch Over Me, My Funny Valentine, At Last) to a cappella jazz settings (When I Fall in Love, More I Cannot Wish You) to accompanied contemporary pieces (Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Painted on Canvas, I Can't Make you Love Me) arranged in a fresh, jazz style. The Troy University Guitar Ensemble will be featured three times during the program playing original jazz-influenced compositions written by one of their members, Tucker McKee.
"I recently heard the world premiere of one of Tucker's compositions and I was captivated by its jazz infusions and overall compositional structure and content. I just had to include them in this program," Orlofsky said. "frequency is a special group of students – their enthusiasm is contagious and you’ll be glad you invested an hour of your life to hear them."