The West Virginia University Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Hendricks III , will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, (April 17) in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center.
The concert will feature Dearl J. Drury, assistant conductor. Also featured will be special guest conductors Don Wilcox, WVU director of bands emeritus and former director of the Wind Symphony, and Samuel R. Hazo, composer and conductor.
The program will include the third movementGrand Symphony for Band (Funeral and Truimphal)by Hector Berlioz,Enigma Variations (Variation V)by Edward Elgar,Prairiesongby Carl Strommen and four works by Hazo, includingSky is Waiting,Solas Ane (Gaelic: Yesterdays Joy),Today is the GiftandRide.
Hazo resides in Pittsburgh and in 2003 was the first composer in history to win both composition contests sponsored by the National Band Association. He has composed for the professional, university and public school levels, in addition to writing original scores for television, radio and the stage.
His original symphonic compositions include performances with actors Brooke Shields, James Earl Jones, David Conrad and Richard Kiley. He has also written symphonic arrangements for three-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams.
Hazos compositions have been performed and recorded worldwide, including performances by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (national tour), the Birmingham Symphonic Winds (United Kingdom) and the Klavier Wind Projects recordings with Eugene Migliaro Corporon.
Additionally, his music is included in the seriesTeaching Music Through Performance in Band.
Hazo’s works have been premiered and performed at the Music EducatorsNational Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convention, National Honor Band of America, National Band Association/TBA Convention and College Band DirectorsNational Association Convention. They have also aired in full-length programs on National Public Radio.
He has served as composer-in-residence at Craig Kirchhoffs University of Minnesota Conducting Symposium and has also lectured on music and music education at universities and high schools internationally.
In 2004, Hazo’s compositions were listed in a published national survey of theTop 20 Compositions of All Timefor wind band. He was twice namedTeacher of Distinctionby the southwestern Pennsylvania TeachersExcellence Foundation.
Hazo received his bachelors and masters degrees from Duquesne University where he served on the Board of Governors and was recognized as Duquesnes Outstanding Graduate in Music Education.
Wilcox was director of bands at WVU for 34 years before retiring in 2005.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has served extensively on the board of directors of both the John Philip Sousa Foundation and the American Bandmasters Association. He is past president of the American Bandmasters Association.
Wilcox has received WVU s Outstanding Teacher Award, the 1993 Golden Apple Outstanding Faculty Award and special citations from three governors for his contributions to the state of West Virginia.
In 1986, he became the first teacher ever named a Distinguished Fine Arts Alumnus of California State University at Long Beach, where he received a masters degree in music education in 1963. He is also the recipient of the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Distinguished Service to Music Award from the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi and West Virginia Universitys Heebink Award for Outstanding Service to the University and the state. In 2005, he was named a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota.
As the premier concert group of the seven University bands, the WVU Wind Symphony is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers in the College of Creative Arts. The group has performed in more than 20 states and in Europe, as well as for national conferences of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association and the Music Educators National Conference. The group performed at the Kennedy Center in 1988 and in 2002.
Tickets for the Wind Symphony Concert are available by calling the WVU Office at 304-293-SHOW.