The WVU Wind Symphony, conducted by Director of Bands John Hendricks, III , will present a concert Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. The concert will also feature Dearl J. Drury, assistant conductor.
The program will open withLa Procession Du Rocio,by Joaquin Turina, who developed a new and idiomatic Spanish style for his compositions. This work was his first in this new style and premiered in Madrid in 1913 to commemorate an annual festival held in Seville each June, called the Procession of the Dew.
Second Suite in F for Military Band,by Gustav Holst, was composed in 1911 and is a classic of band repertoire. The Second Suite is a four-movement setting of English folk songs and folk dance tunes. Holst studied at the Royal College of Music and became one of Englands most prominent composers.
Next on the program willAn Outdoor Overtureby Aaron Copland, which he composed for a concert by the orchestra of the High School of Music and Art in New York City on Dec. 16, 1938. Coplands music was undergoing a stylistic change and he was inspired to write this work, which he had to make accessible to adapt to the abilities of young musicians.
March fromSymphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carol Maria von Weberby Paul Hindemith was written in 1943 during the composers tenure as professor at the Yale School of Music. He felt strongly that theMetamorphosisshould be available in a band version and asked his colleague Keith Wilson to do the transcription. The March is the fourth and final movement of the work and reveals Hindemiths knowledge of wind combinations and timbral contrasts.
Following intermission will beSerenade No. 11 in E-flat Major, K. 375by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who wrote some of the worlds greatest masterpieces. When he died, he left behind a great legacy of opera, concerto, symphony, choral and ensemble music. Among his smaller works were those originally composed for specific occasions such as garden parties, weddings, birthdays and home concerts for patrons and friends.
TheSerenade for E-flatfor wind octet was one of these, composed in Vienna in 1782.
Bells for Stokowskiby Michael Daughtery is a tribute to one of the most influential and controversial conductors of the 20th century. Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) was maestro of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1912 to 1936 and conducted world premieres of avant-garde composers such as Stravinsky. His experimentation with timbre and moving sections of the orchestra to different parts of the stage led to his creation of the famousStokowski sound,making the orchestra sound like a pipe organ. In this work, Daughtery recreates the musical effect of Stokowskis experimental seating arrangements.
The final work on the program,The Battle of Shilohby C.L. Barnhouse, was written and published originally in 1888. It was one of the most unique marches ever written by Barnhouse, who knew personally many of the veterans and surviving family members of the disastrous Battle of Shiloh, one of the most bitterly fought engagements of the Civil War. The march is a classic and has been used by circuses to serve as music for the most exciting acts. It is also performed in concert settings to demonstrate the technical skills of the musicians.
For tickets to the Wind Symphony Concert, contact the Mountainlair Box Office at (304) 293-SHOW.