Concert to honor retiring music faculty

February 13 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 in Tilson Auditorium.

The concert will honor two retiring faculty members, William Hughes and William Denton, while celebrating the musical contributions they've made over their tenure at Indiana State.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble?s portion of the concert will include John Barnes Chance's "Introduction and Capriccio for Piano and 24 Winds" and Carl Maria von Weber's "Concertino in C for Solo-Oboe and Harmony Music," two chamber settings that will spotlight the talents of Hughes and Denton as soloists. The Ensemble will also perform Samuel Hazo's "Ride" and H. Owen Reed's "La Fiesta Mexicana."

The Symphonic Band's performance will include Gordon Jacobson's "An Original Suite," "Resting in the Peace of his Hands" by John Gibson and a three-part Spanish piece, "El Camino Real," by Alfred Reed.

Hughes joined the music department faculty in 1967. An outstanding piano teacher, he has worked well not only with students specializing in piano but also with those for whom piano is a secondary instrument. In collaboration with fellow faculty members, he can be heard on compact discs with Peggy Balensuela, Beverley Simms and Jimmy Finnie. He has performed chamber music with a variety of instrumentalists, including the Faculty Wind Quintet. During his time as coordinator of the keyboard division, the curriculum for the certificate in piano pedagogy was developed.

Active within the department, Hughes served on the planning committee for the Center for Performing and Fine Arts and suggested the establishment of the department's convocation series. For 40 years he has been an energetic, visible, and widely admired faculty member in the department.

Denton joined the music department in the fall of 1965 as ISU's first full-time tenure-track specialist in double reeds. Teaching both oboe and bassoon, he had other responsibilities in music literature and music theory. Denton is principal oboist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and has appeared on several occasions as a soloist with the orchestra. Over the years, his students have provided solid performances in the University's orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles. A founding member of the ISU Faculty Woodwind Quintet, he has represented the University in concerts throughout Indiana and in national venues in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, FL. As a soloist and as an ensemble player, he has performed widely in concerts and recitals and on several compact discs.

Denton's teaching of freshman music theory and music literature has enhanced the education of hundreds of ISU music students. As a concerned faculty member, he has played a major role in many of the music department's initiatives. For 42 years he consistently has demonstrated high standards of musicianship for the ISU and Terre Haute communities.

Conductors of the Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble are Doug Keiser and Dan Peo. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception honoring Hughes and Denton will follow the concert. For more information call the music department at (812) 237-2771.

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Contact: Doug Keiser, associate professor of music, (812) 237-2749

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing (812) 237-3783, pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 in Tilson Auditorium. The concert will honor two retiring faculty members, William Hughes and William Denton, while celebrating the musical contributions they?ve made over their tenure at Indiana State.

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