December 11, 2017  

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Trombone Choir Takes on the Movies with Internet Sensation James Nova Oct. 9

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James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who arranges John Williams’ scores for trombone and records all the parts, takes the stage of Bennett Auditorium with The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir Oct. 9.

Music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, Star Wars, and more get a super special treatment when internet-sensation James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who arranges John Williams’ scores for trombone and records all the parts, takes the stage of Bennett Auditorium with The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.

Not only is Nova going to perform his music that evening, but also the following day at 11 a.m. in Intermezzo @ Woods Gallery, he will give an overdubbing music technology master class. Presented in conjunction with the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, both are free and open to the public.

Nova will be emceeing the event and discussing the role the music plays in the movies, including behind-the-scenes stories about John Williams, whom he has met and played for on multiple occasions.

The program for this concert includes the music from Ben Hur, Indiana Jones: Raider’s of the Lost Ark, Green Hornet, JFK, Superman, and the Star Wars franchise.
 
“Without the music of John Williams, many of the iconic movies of our time, including the Star Wars franchise, would not be the same,” said event coordinator Dr. Ben McIlwain, Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor of Trombone. “This event will not only celebrate this music, but offer some insight on the music’s role in these incredible films.”

Since 2012, Nova has found a new passion using recording technology to explore multitrack recording, also known as overdubbing, and created numerous stunning recordings of his own challenging new arrangements of a variety of exciting repertoire for trombone choir. These employ a number of trombones: contra-bass, bass, tenor, small tenor, alto and even soprano trombones.

Other collaborators for this event include Dr. John Wooton and members of the Southern Miss Percussion Studio, Dr. Colin McKenzie as guest conductor, and David Pellow on bass.  Dr. Michael Maxwell from School of Mass Communications and Journalism is also assisting with the Overdubbing Master Class.

For more information, contact Dr. McIlwain at ben.mcilwain@usm.edu; or 601.266.6103.