Musical ‘beginnings’: Troy jazz ensemble to present fall program
Published 2:00 am Friday, November 27, 2015
The Troy University vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, will present its fall program, “Beginnings” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Long Hall Choral Room. The Troy University Guitar Ensemble will also be featured in this program.
Dr. Diane Orlofsky, frequency director, said the title, “Beginnings,” is significant in that 10 of the 12 frequency vocalists are new to the group this year.
“For many of them, this is their first experience with ensemble vocal jazz,” Orlofsky said.
“Rebuilding years are fun and challenging. It is rewarding for me to watch their excitement when something clicks for the first time and to see them starting to become a cohesive group.
And, this group has quickly become close-knit. They are doing things together outside of music and, as odd as that seems, it makes for better jazz.”
Orlofsky said Tuesday night’s program will include a wide range of jazz styles, from solo standards such as “Someone to Watch Over Me,” to a cappella jazz settings like “When I Fall in Love” to accompanied contemporary pieces arranged in a fresh jazz style.
The Troy University Guitar Ensemble will be featured several times playing original jazz-influence compositions written by ensemble member, 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,” Orlofsky said. “I knew I had to include these compositions in the program.”
The frequency concert Tuesday night is free and open to the public. Orlofsky said the Troy and Pike County communities are encouraged to come hear this group of dedicated young musicians.
“This is a special group of students – a unique frequency,” she said.
“Their enthusiasm is contagious and you’ll be glad you invested an hour of your life to hear them.”