Chalon Ragsdale, professor of percussion in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, has been invited back to the University of Melbourne in Australia as an authority on composer Percy Grainger. Ragsdale’s presentation, “Percy Grainger: Australian Genius of the American Wind Band,” will be on Wednesday, Nov. 14, as part of an ongoing program of events.
In the address, Ragsdale explores the progress of Grainger’s manipulation and mastery of the wind band medium and examines Grainger’s general thoughts and philosophy regarding orchestration techniques in a broad context.
Ragsdale is an experienced wind band conductor who has rehearsed and conducted much of Percy Grainger’s music for the instrumentation of the American wind band. He has spent the past twenty years arranging the piano and choral music of Grainger to the American wind band. His arrangements of Grainger’s music have been featured at concerts around the world and are published by Southern Music Co. and Aux Arcs Music. read more