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Music Program II

“Fanfare from La Péri” composed by Paul Dukas

Performed by the UML Brass Sextet; coached by Debra-Nicole Huber
Paul Dukas, most well-known for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” wrote the one-act morality ballet “La Péri” (1912). This piece is the fanfare that proceeds the ballet. In Persian culture, the Péri are beautiful fairies who possess a flower of immortality. IIskander seeks immortality and steals the flower from a sleeping Péri. She wakes, mesmerizes him with her beauty, and as he steals a kiss, she retakes the flower and ascends to heaven. He has sacrificed his eternal life for but a kiss.

“In a Crowd of Thousands” – lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty

Performed by Emily Ovesen and Christian Ramos Delgado, vocals, Dominique Haughton, piano; coached by Debra-Nicole Huber, Janice Giampa and Jacob Hiser 

“In a Crowd of Thousands” is from the 2017 Broadway musical “Anastasia.” Anya, an orphan girl with amnesia, is befriended by two conmen who wish to take advantage of her likeness to the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, who may have escaped the execution suffered by her family. After waking up from a nightmare, Anya screams, prompting Dmitry to come in and comfort her. He tells her of a memory of the young Anastasia during a parade and encourages Anya to tell the same story, as if it also happened to her. As she tells the story, memories come surging forward.

“Don’t Rain on My Parade” – lyrics by Bob Merrill and music by Jule Styne

Performed by Emily Ovesen, vocals, Allyson Cahill, piano; coached by Debra-Nicole Huber, Janice Giampa and Jacob Hiser 
“Don’t Rain on My Parade” is a popular song from the 1964 musical “Funny Girl,” sung by the principal character, Fanny. The story is loosely based upon the life of comedienne Fanny Brice and her conman-gambler second husband Julius “Nicky” Arnstein. In the present, Fanny waits for her Nick to arrive, newly released from prison. They meet, and he and Fanny decide to separate. She is heartbroken, but vows to pick up her life again and sings “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

“Impressions of Japan” – composed by James Barnes

Performed by the UMass Lowell Wind Ensemble; Daniel P. Lutz, Conductor

Composer James Barnes describes “Impressions of Japan” as a “tone poem expressing my personal portrayal of what I have seen and experienced during my recent visits to Japan.” Tonight, two of the work’s three scenes will be performed. Scene Two: Tadaiji (The Great Buddha at Nara): In this beautiful little city south of Kyoto stands the world's largest Buddha. Buddhism has had an enormous impact on Japan for a thousand years. Scene Three: Asakusa Matsuri (Festival in Asakusa): The thundering drums of the final portion of the work portray excitement and spirit of celebration, at this most famous of all of Tokyo's many ancient temples.

“River Hawk Pride” – lyrics by Debra-Nicole Huber and music by Daniel P. Lutz

Performed by UMass Lowell’s Bands and Choirs; under the direction of Debra-Nicole Huber, Daniel P. Lutz and Jonathan Richter
“River Hawk Pride” (2014) is the university’s school song, composed by Daniel P. Lutz, music, and Debra-Nicole Huber, lyrics. It is performed at all significant university events on and off campus. The music is modeled after Notre Dame’s legendary fight song, with a contemporary twist. The lyrics include the school’s name, colors and mascot. The work’s world premiere was performed by the UMass Lowell Marching Band.
“River Hawk Pride” 
UMass Lowell we’ll always be, a team of strength in unity.
With River Hawk Pride, we stand side by side; fight for victory.
Wings unfurled and talons curled, swoop and strike then we score!
Blue, set sail! In flight we won’t fail. Let’s go UMass Lowell and soar!
Bird of prey now it’s time to fight; so fly with pride in wearing blue.
With fury and fire and burning desire, honor our school.
UMass Lowell we’ll always be; River Hawks forever more.
Game’s in hand, we’re best in the land. Now spread your wings and soar!
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