The West Virginia University Wind Symphony, under the direction of Don Wilcox, will perform a winter concert as part of the activities involved in the annual WVU High School Invitational Honors Band event at the Creative Arts Center Feb. 19 21.
The Wind Symphony Concert takes place Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. Appearing as guest conductors will be: Paula Crider, band director emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin; Patrick Casey, director of bands at Central Missouri State University; and Luke Zyla, director of bands at Parkersburg South High School and an alumnus of the WVU Division of Music.
Charles Neel, WVU professor emeritus of theatre, will be program announcer.
The first half of the program will featureMasque,a great new energetic opener by English composer Kenneth Hesketh, followed bySunrise At Angels Gate,by Philip Sparke, a musical description of the sunrise as seen from the depths of the Grand Canyon.
Elegy for a Young American,by LoPresti, will be conducted by Dr. Casey. This year is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, for whom this work was created. It will be followed byFt. McHenry Suite,Julie Girouxs musical painting of the events leading to the composition of our national anthem.
Following intermission, the Wind Symphony will presentNoisy Wheels of Joyby Eric Whitacre and conducted by Zyla. This is a delightful romp through the caricatures of near cartoon music as only Whitacre writes it.
Let This Mind Be In Youwill be conducted by Hendricks, who also transcribed this beautiful choral work for this concert. It was written by choral composer Craig Courtney and this evenings concert is its premiere.
Another work by Julie Giroux,Culledon III ,will be conducted by Crider. This music is from the Battle of Culloden in Scotland in 1745 46 and every tune is an authentic folk song from the period.
The Purple Carnivalby Harry Alford is a favorite traditional march of Wilcoxs that was written for and dedicated to the Northwestern University Band and its conductor of the time, Glenn Cliffe Bainum.
The last piece on the program will bePastimeby Jack Stamp, who guest conducted the WVU Wind Symphony last November and who is a lifelong baseball fan. This delightful romp is possibly the worlds strangest arrangement ofTake Me Out to the Ball Game!
For tickets and information, call the Mountainlair Box Office at (304) 293 SHOW .