Tarleton takes on Carnegie Hall
Published: Friday, April 12, 2013
Updated: Friday, April 12, 2013 14:04
Tarleton State University attracts potential students with the allure of positive and exciting experiences. However, this new opportunity might just be one for the books.
The Tarleton Wind Ensemble will have the grand honor of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 23, 2014.
Director of Bands Dr. Anthony Pursell said, “Students who are members of the 2013-2014 Wind Ensemble will perform in Carnegie Hall. We also thought it was a great opportunity for our Jazz Band, directed by Greg Ball, to have an opportunity to travel to New York as well. The Jazz Band will perform in local clubs during our stay.”
The staff and students of Tarleton have worked hard to attain this goal. “Earlier this year I applied to have the Wind Ensemble perform as part of the New York International Music Festival. This festival invites five high schools and two college level bands to perform in Carnegie Hall and other venues around the city. The invited high school bands will perform during the day for a panel of adjudicators, whereas the two invited college bands will perform as the showcase ensemble later that evening,” Pursell stated.
He also added that, “The application included identifying recent appearances by each group and literature performed. I also had to send a representative recording of the Wind Ensemble over the past few years.”
The trip to New York, accompanied by the performance in Carnegie Hall, will surely be a memory that the Texans will never forget. The Tarleton Wind Ensemble will have a solo performance on stage for 45 minutes.
“We are commissioning Charles Fernandez, music composer for Disney, Pixar, and MGM, to compose a new work that will be premiered in New York and, likely, used as the opening number for the Carnegie Hall performance. The source material for this opening fanfare is the Tarleton Color Song. We will have a few guest artists/soloists and guest conductors, including Dr. Dottavio,” Pursell announced.
In order to make this dream come true, the faculty, staff, and students will have to work together to raise enough money to cover the expenses of the trip to New York. Dr. Pursell said that the group has already received donation commitments from Tarleton administration including the department head of Fine Arts, Dr. Teresa Davidian, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Kelli Styron, and President Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio.
“In keeping with my philosophy, I am asking the students to assist both financially and with fundraising. I do not believe in asking people for help unless I am willing to show I am able to help myself. Because the amount of money for this opportunity is larger for any one person or organization, the help we receive will allow us to focus on the opportunity at hand,” Pursell added.
For more information regarding fundraising efforts or about the Tarleton bands, contact Dr. Anthony Pursell at (254) 968-9242