RIC Music Events

Robert Franzblau and the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble present Twentieth Century Icons on Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.

Frank Battisti
Tom Gregory
Robert Franzblau
Frank Battisti
Tom Gregory
Robert Franzblau

Twentieth Century Icons
The development of the wind band as an ensemble of serious artistic expression is a twentieth century phenomenon, yet it has roots that reach back at least as far as Mozart. The iconic composers and works offered on Friday’s concert have been selected to represent important turning points in the music of the twentieth century in general, and in wind band music in particular. We are deeply grateful to be joined by a living icon of twentieth century wind band development, conductor and educator Frank L. Battisti, as well as Rhode Island native, Tom Gregory, as tuba soloist.

Frank Battisti is Conductor Emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Rhode Island College (2010), and a frequent guest on the RIC campus.  Battisti has guest conducted university, military, professional and school bands/ wind ensembles in the United States, England, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Scandinavia, Australia, China, Taiwan, Canada, South America, South Korea, Iceland and the U.S.S.R. He founded the World Association of Wind Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, New England College Band Association and the Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble, served as an editor for music publishing companies, and has written hundreds of articles on wind ensemble/band literature, conducting, and music education.

Native Rhode Islander Tom Gregory is adjunct professor of tuba and elementary music theory instructor at Rhode Island College. In  addition, he also serves as instructor of tuba, euphonium, and history of jazz at CCRI and beginning band instructor at Good Shepard Catholic School in Woonsocket, RI.  Tom earned his Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Boston Conservatory and his Master of Arts in Teaching from Rhode Island College. While still in college he performed with the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra in Boston and with several local orchestras, bands, and brass quintets.  From 1992-1999 Tom was a tuba and electric bass instrumentalist in the Navy music program, serving in bands in Norfolk, VA and Chicago, IL. He performed in Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-Day, as well as multiple performances in Iceland.
The program for this exciting performance includes:

Strauss – Serenade in E-Flat, Op. 7
Vaughan Williams – Tuba Concerto
Ives – Variations on America
Persichetti – Symphony #6

The performance is Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.  General admission $10.

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