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Friday, January 27, 2012

WSU Symphonic Band with guests: WSU Concert Choirs (Ogden: Feb 21)

“Minstrels of the Kells”

Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: WSU Symphonic Band  with guests:  WSU Concert Choirs
When: Tuesday, 21 February 2012 • 7:30 pm
Where: Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $6 for adults/$5 for students, seniors and those with military ID

Weber State Univesrity Department of Performing Arts presents the WSU Symphonic Band and the WSU Wind Ensemble in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 21 February, in the Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts.

This concert will be a reprise of the band’s successful appearance at the 2012 Utah Music Educators Convention earlier in the month.  The Wind Ensemble will be joined on this concert by the WSU Winter Symphonic Band as well, which will play two works, including Alfred Reed’s beautiful “Hounds of Spring.”

Opening the program will be Daniel Spaniola’s spectacular “Escapade,” a work commissioned by the US Air Force Academy Band.  This work makes liberal use of jazz and funk styles in a serious and contemporary overture.  Following this work the band will feature Dr. Donald Keipp of the WSU music faculty, marimbist, performing the finale movement of Paul Creston’s “Concertino for Marimba and Band.”  Next will be a work by Thomas Root, “Let us Break Bread Together,” featuring two talented music major trumpets, Byron Ward and David Bertram.  The major work of the program, “Minstrels of the Kells,” follows.  This work in two large movements is a challenging, exciting, and artistic exploration of Irish traditional music, and it features several surprises which make the work truly authentic.

The band will close the program with Percy Grainger’s “Handel in the Strand,” arranged by John Phillip Sousa.  The Wind Ensemble interpretation of this work is an exciting and showy ending to a program of the same style. 

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

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