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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WSU Symphonic Band (OGDEN: NOV 8 )

Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: WSU Symphonic Band
When: Tuesday November 8, 7:30 pm
Where: Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $6/$5 • Those with military identification receive the student price
Dee Events Center Tickets: 1-800-WSU-TIKS

The Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents the WSU Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Thomas Root, on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. 

The concert begins with an unusual two-verse version of the Star Spangled Banner performed by the band with colors presented by the WSU Marching Band Color Guard.   After the opening ceremony, the next work in the program will be “Lithuanian Rhapsody,” composed by Thomas Root.  This composition is based on short Lithuanian folk songs spun out into a lengthy and often dramatic work, ending with the Lithuanian national anthem. 

The band will then perform an expressive work by American composer, Clifton Williams, titled “Pastorale.” The introspective theme will then continue with a set of beautiful chorales by J.S. Bach, concluding with his famous “If Thou Be Near.”  

Following this will be a World Premiere, “Snow Fantasy,” composed and conducted by band member Kevin Greever.  This is a new version of the work, the earlier version having been performed by the Symphonic Band last spring.  

The closing piece in the concert will be the entire “Pictures at an Exhibition,” transcribed by Tashio Mashimi. This compelling work by Mussorgsky is one of the most brilliant in the literature of the 19th Century.

Tickets are $6/$5. Those with military identification will receive the student price. Tickets can be purchased at the Dee Events Center Ticket Office: 1-800-WSU-TIKS or at the Browning Center Box Office beginning one hour before curtain. Children 8 years and older are welcome to attend. 

For more information about this concert, contact Dr. Thomas Root, 626-6443 or troot@weber.edu

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