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Allison Maupin – Conducting Debut

Allison Maupin conducting her composition "Rhythm and Fusion"

Allison Maupin conducting her composition “Rhythm and Fusion”

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Bob Kinney Words & Photos

Allison Maupin made her conducting debut during the Spring 2014 Concert of the Waterloo Wind Band May 18 at the acoustically wonderful St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Austin. Maupin, an Austin native and a University of Texas music graduate who plays a variety of wind instruments, is a member of the youthful 40-member troupe along with her father Patrick who plays the tuba.

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Maupin stepped away from her first row performance chair and took the baton from Guest Conductor Robert Laguna to conduct “Rhythm and Fusion” – an original composition of hers – that was performed for the first time before an audience. Waterloo Wind Band trombonist Michael Mikulka also premiered and conducted his “Through the Icy Dawn” composition during the concert.

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Laguna talks about conducting during intermission Laguna talks about conducting during intermission

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Other compositions in the 90-minute concert included John Philip Sousa’s four-part “People Who Live in Glass Houses” fanciful exploration of the variety of alcohol drinks – Bjork Gudmundsdottir’s “Overture from Dancer in the Dark” that was arranged by Conductor Laguna – the jazzy “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli – and, Richard Rodgers’ booming “Victory at Sea” that I first heard as the theme song for the television series of the same name on my family’s black and white television in the late 1950s.

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Bob Kinney Words & Photos

Aside from Allison’s wonderful performance as an oboeist and conductor, other highlights of the night include Laguna’s touching talk about the technique and joy of conducting with a young boy – who said he was infused by music. Basically, Laguna said, just move your body with the music. He invited the youngster to conduct the final piece of the concert with him but the boy eventually declined. I am pretty certain the young conductor-to-be will accept the next offer.

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St. Martin's Sam Sullivan

Soundman Robert

Laguna’s words to the boy reminded me of “Solo Symphony,” the wonderful exploration of How Conductors Dance while Conducting Orchestras that Austin dancer treasure Allison Orr who heads the imaginative Forklift Dance Works presented with the brilliant Austin Symphony Director Peter Bay at the Long Center in 2012.

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Waterloo Wind Band
will perform again this fall. Austin Folks – Please Experience this Wonderful Ensemble then.

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Basket of Liquor presented to Conductor Richard Laguna underscored performance of John Philip Sousa's four-part "People Who Live in Glass Houses" during Spring Concert

Basket of Liquor presented to Conductor Richard Laguna underscored performance of John Philip Sousa’s four-part “People Who Live in Glass Houses” during Spring Concert

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Bob Kinney Words & Photos

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