Dance Mix: From Tango to Tarantella

Sep 1, 2019 - 3:00pm
Dance Mix: From Tango to Tarantella
Vero Beach High School PAC - 1707 16th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960

GORB Yiddish Dances
NUNES In League of Extraordinary Women
CORIGLIANO Gazebo Dances
MACKEY Red Line Tango

Matthew Nunes, guest composer
Robin Sisk, tuba

The Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra gets dance fever, when Aaron Collins directs the thrilling, Dance Mix: From Tango to Tarantella, with dance music from around the globe.  Selections include Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances, John Mackey’s sonic rollercoaster, Redline Tango,  winner of the 2005 American Bandmasters’ Association Ostwald Composition Contest, and Adam Gorb’s fun Yiddish Dances, based on Klezmer dances, the folk music of the Yiddish-speaking people. Rounding out the program is an exciting new work featuring Robin Sisk by Matthew Nunes, In League with Extraordinary Women, a Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band.  Inspired by the extraordinary lives of aviator Amelia Earhart, scientist Marie Curie and the Irish pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, each movement offers a glimpse into their different worlds while providing thrilling challenges for the soloist.

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Artist Information

Originally from Pittsburgh, Robin Sisk is currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Tuba & Euphonium at the University of Florida, Principal Tuba for the Gainesville Orchestra, and a musician for the Magic Kingdom's Main Street Philharmonic. Previously, Dr. Sisk served on the music faculties at Missouri Southern State University, the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, and Seminole State College.

During her time in the Sunshine State, Robin has become established as one of the most active and versatile freelance tubists across the region. She has performed most notably with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic, Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park, Sarasota Ballet, Ocala Symphony, and at theme parks including Walt Disney World and Legoland Florida.  An avid brass-bander, she was Principal Eb Bass of the world-renowned Brass Band of Central Florida and of the New England Brass Band (Boston, MA), toured internationally with the Natural State Brass Band (Little Rock, AR), and has performed with the Athena Brass Band - America's all-star female brass band.

Dr. Sisk is a proud founding member of Fleur de Beat, the world’s first stilt-walking Dixieland band, which has performed across Florida and at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. She has also appeared with Band Bajha Brass throughout the United States and Canada.

In addition to being featured as a soloist with brass bands and university ensembles, solo and chamber highlights include regional and international instrumental conferences, and she was a two-time semi-finalist for the International Tuba Euphonium Quartet Competition.  Robin has given performances, master classes, and held a wide array of teaching positions in public and private schools and organizations across the eastern U.S. She regularly serves as a low brass clinician and adjudicator for middle and high school programs.

Recording credits include the BBCF's albums recorded in the UK: "Sing, Sang, Sung" (2007), "Omnium Gatherum" (2012), and "15" (2015); "All Is Bright: A Choral Christmas" (2013) from the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and "Raw Earth: New Music for Wind Band" with the Hartt Wind Ensemble.

She has also commissioned several new compositions for tuba in recent years: "Under a Gibbous Moon" for tuba and marimba by Steven Landis, "Fragile Dreams" for tuba, flugelhorn, and piano by Barbara York, and "In League With Extraordinary Women" tuba concerto by Matthew Nunes.

Robin earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, MM in Tuba Performance from the University of South Florida, and a BM in Music Education from West Virginia University.  Dr. Sisk's primary teachers have included Scott Mendoker, Jay Hunsberger, Dave McCollum, and Les Dean, Sr.

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