TROY symphony band to perform in Canada

Posted: Thursday, 14 April 2011

TROY—Troy University’s Symphony Band will head north of the border this month for a Canadian concert tour that will include two performances at the renowned Whistler Music Festival in British Columbia, according to Ralph Ford, director of bands.

“This will be largest international travel event for the University to date, with 55 students and five faculty members participating,” Ford said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our students to an audience of more than 3,500 student musicians.”

The Whistler Festival performances are scheduled for Saturday, April 30, Ford said. The band will promote its recently completed recordings with noted composer Robert Buckley, who has written works for film, stage and television.

The Canada performances will include Tim Phillips, a member of Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music faculty, in a world-premiere clarinet duet with Vancouver Symphony clarinetist Gene Ramsbottom and the symphony band performing a work by Vancouver composer Alain Mayrand.

Dr. Margaret Jackson, assistant professor of voice at TROY, will perform Conductor Ralph Ford’s transcription of a selection from the “Tonadillas” song cycle by Enrique Granadas. Ford, Dr. Larry Blocher, director of the John M. Long School of Music, and Dr. Mark Walker, associate conductor of the Symphony Band, will serve as adjudicators and guest clinicians for the Whistler Festival.

The tour, scheduled for April 25-May 2, also includes a concert at Rockridge Secondary School in West Vancouver on April 26 and an April 27 concert at Vancouver Technical Secondary School. The tour will include a visit to Lynn Canyon and the museums of music and anthropology at the University of British Columbia.