poster for Sound of the Trumpets, Roll of the Drums


The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present The Sound of the Trumpets, The Roll of the Drums, a shared concert by the University Percussion Ensemble and the University Concert Band, on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.

Performing under the direction of Kevin Champagne, the Concert Band will play works by Luigi Denza, Robert Ward, John Higgins and Samuel R. Hazo.  Led by conductor Richard Albagli, the Percussion Ensemble’s portion of the program will include selections by Daniel Roberts, Matthias Schmitt, Frédéric Chopin and John Orfe.

Featured on the program are the works by Roberts and Orfe, both written while the composers were still in college.  Orfe is a world-renowned composer and pianist who has won more than 15 major awards for his compositions and creative arrangements. His works have been performed in Thailand, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, Central and South America and throughout the United States.           His composition Dragon, for percussion trio, was composed in 1995 while he was a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music.

Roberts studied music and linguistics at UAlbany. He was a drummer and percussionist in many groups during that time including the Albany Symphony, Berkshire Symphony and several bands and percussion ensembles. Roberts' mentors were percussionists Mark Foster and Richard Albagli. He is an alumnus of the Empire State Youth Orchestra and the School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga.

“I first composed "Canis Lupus" as a drum set coordination warm-up,” explains Roberts. “Limbs were alternately emphasized as syncopation changed around them. It seemed a natural fit to invite other drummers into the UAlbany practice room and double the parts. From there, and at Richard's urging, I broke it up into enough pieces for an entire ensemble — with the original drum set part intact. The title — wolf — comes from a book I was reading at the time about gray wolves in North America. Repeated wolf pack patterns of separation, reunion and migration reminded me of the piece. They seemed work as a team, with clear leadership.”

Advance tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.