The WVU Wind Symphony, conducted by WVU Director of Bands John Hendricks, III, and Christopher J. Nichter, will present a concert at the Creative Arts Center Tuesday evening, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
The Wind Symphony is the premier concert group of the seven University bands and is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers at WVU.
According to Hendricks, the concert will open with the high-energy work “Early Light,” by Carolyn Bremer, which is based upon motives of the “National Anthem.”
Other highlights include “By the Light of the Polar Star” from “Looking Upward Suite” by John Philip Sousa.
This is a light-natured movement from one of Sousa’s 11 suites. The music was inspired by Sousa looking into the heavens one crisp evening, while riding a train through South Dakota. The piece stylistically represents the old familiar Christmas carol “Jingle Bells.”
“Scherzo alla Marcia” from Symphony No. 8 by Ralph Vaughan Williams is a chamber ensemble piece taken from the second movement of William’s eighth symphony and demonstrated his interest in writing for wind instruments, since the string section was excluded.
Symphonic Dance No. 3, “Fiesta” by Clifton Williams is an exciting piece that depicts the pageantry of street bands, bullfights and the bright costumes of festive Latin American celebrations.
“Rolling Thunder” by Henry Fillmore is a rousing fast-tempo, circus-style march featuring the low brass and woodwinds.
And finally, “Ecstatic Waters” by Steven Bryant is an uplifting new five-movement work that features each section of the WVU Wind Symphony. Unique sounds from the celesta, percussion and crystal water glasses, combined with echo effects from soloists and a vibrant accompanying electronic track, make this one of the more exciting new pieces for winds. Many moments of this work are reminiscent of an action-packed movie soundtrack.
For tickets, visit the Mountainlair of CAC Box Offices, or call (304) 293-SHOW.
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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu