The MTSU Wind Ensemble’s second record on the Naxos label was the topic of a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Reed Thomas, MTSU’s director of bands and a professor in the School of Music, aired May 26 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ). You can listen to their conversation here.
Thomas conducted the wind ensemble on “Earthrise,” a collection of performances in the Wind Band Classics series on the Franklin, Tennessee-based Naxos label. The group’s first record, “Angels in the Architecture,” was released on Naxos in 2011.
Musical segments played in the interview come from the title track, “Earthrise,” composed by Nigel Clarke; the second movement of “Griot,” composed by Kit Turnbull and featuring Dr. David Loucky, MTSU music professor, on trombone; and “Sortes Diabolorum,” composed by Jesus Santandreu.
“To have us be this close to that caliber of musicians and experiences is invaluable for our students when they graduate so they can, hopefully, understand what it means to be in a recording studio and look at that as a viable option for employment once they leave MTSU,” Thomas said.
To read a story about the “Earthrise” project, go to http://mtsunews.com/wind-ensemble-2nd-naxos-cd.
For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.
A video clip of the interview may be seen below.