Concert Features College Wind, Jazz Ensembles

The wind and jazz ensembles of Sheridan College will present their final concert of the year on Sunday night, starting at 7, in the auditorium at Sheridan High School.

Prior to the concert, at 6, director Michael Flynn will be discussing the works to be performed. The concert and discussion are free and open to the public.

According to a release from the college, the concert selections are centered around a piece for the wind ensemble by W. Francis McBeth, called, “Of Sailors and Whales,” narrated by Brett Burtis. The director says the work puts to music the story of the “great white whale” in Melville's “Moby Dick,” and features melodic lines with, what he called, “furious woodwind performance and thunderous percussion.” Listening to the work, he said, one can't help but conjure images of the sea and the “great white whale.”

Immediately preceding the grand finale, the college jazz ensemble that's recognized across the state as one of the premier collegiate jazz groups in the region, will perform. Their selections include: “Idioteque” from the band Radiohead,” “Cruisin' for a Bluesin',” by the Maynard Ferguson Jazz Orchestra, and “Michelangelo,” a work based on melodies by Astor Piazzola.

Director Flynn currently holds the auxiliary trumpet position for several orchestras, including the Wyoming Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Bozeman Symphony and Casper Brass. He most recently won the section trumpet job with the Billings Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining the faculty at the college in Sheridan, he worked at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem and Bethlehem as an instructor, conductor and performer. He also performed as principal trumpet in the Palestine National Symphony Orchestra.

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