The West Virginia University Wind Symphony, conducted by Director of Bands John Hendricks, III , will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre in the Creative Arts Center.
The concert will also feature Dearl J. Drury, assistant conductor.
The ensemble will present the world premiere of a piece titledFantasy,composed by David Herring for Keith Jackson of the WVU music faculty and the WVU Wind Symphony. Jackson is professor of trombone and also serves as interim chair of the WVU Division of Music.
The program will also featureCanzon a 12by Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612), which was written for three antiphonal choirs with a total of twelve parts; an arrangement of BachsFantasia and Fuge in C Minorby noted band conductor Donald Hunsberger, who is conductor emeritus of the Eastman Wind Ensemble; and English composer Gordon Jacobs three-movement work for band titledAn Original Suite,which was written in 1923.
There will also be Percy Graingers delightfulMolly on the Shore,based upon two reel tunes:Molly on the ShoreandTemple Reel.Also,Kaddish,a piece by Francis McBeth, was written as a tribute to McBeths friend and teacher Clifton Williams. A kaddish is a Jewish prayer for those who have passed on.
Finally,Sasparilla,by John Mackey is a fun piece named for a type of liquor served in saloons in the Old West. It has since become a non-alcoholic root beer-like beverage. Whether it was from bad liquor or terribly funky soda, MackeysSasparillawells the tale of an Old West saloon, with specifics that depend on the listener. Some hear a pony that drinks from a fermented trough and goes on a joyride to Tijuana. Some hear a cowboy who cant hold his drink. Still others suggest it is the Old West as viewed through the eyes of the old Warner Brothers cartoons.
For tickets to the Wind Symphony Concert, contact the Mountainlair Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.