UND Wind Ensemble Concert to feature piano professor Nariaki Sugiura on Tuesday, Dec. 2


Amy Halvorson

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The University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble, under the direction of James Popejoy, will present a concert Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens or $12 per family, and will be available at the door.

UND Professor of Piano Nariaki Sugiura, will be the featured performer for the concert, and will be a featured soloist on the first movement of Serge Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

The program will open with a new work for band by Andrew Boysen, titled "Havener Fanfare." Following, will be Vincent Persichetti's classic "Divertimento," considered a pivotal work in the repertoire for wind ensemble. Other works featured during the program include "The Seasons," by British composer Philip Sparke, and Percy Grainger's "Shepherd's Hey." Led by graduate conductor Tammy Mulske, the Wind Ensemble will also perform "Armenian Dances," by Alfred Reed.

Selected by audition, the UND Wind Ensemble consists of the finest wind and percussion musicians from across the campus, and includes students from many academic disciplines. The group recently presented a featured performance at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.

About Nariaki Sugiura:

Born in Hakodate, Japan, Sugiura began study with his mother at age five, later studying at Tokyo College of Music High School. He would go on to receive a master's degree and doctor of music degree in piano performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Numerous national and international competitions have awarded him prizes, and he continues to present recitals and concerto performances in the United States, Europe and Asia. Devoted to teaching, Sugiura has emerged as one of the leading piano pedagogues of his generation.