The West Virginia University 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 (Nov. 16) at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
The concert will also feature Francesca Arnone of the WVU music faculty on the piccolo.
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.
The program will include:
“Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare” by Richard Strauss—a powerful concert opener featuring the Wind Symphony brass section.
“Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Orchestra” by Bruce Broughton, a three-movement work that will feature Dr. Arnone in a spirited and challenging concerto.
“Fugue in G Minor (Little Fugue BWV 578)” by J.S. Bach is one of the composer’s most famous fugues for organ that has been successfully transcribed for both orchestra and wind band.
“Minuteman March,” a delightful march written by WVU senior composition student Matthew Jackfert.
“Prelude, Op. 34, No. 14 ‘Zoya’” and “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich. The “Prelude” is taken from the “Twenty-four Preludes” for piano and is one of the most popular in the set. The contrasting “Folk Dances” is a vibrant composition assembled from native Russian folk melodies.
“Bayou Breakdown” by Grant Karrick is a fun and whimsical fugue with a Cajun twist that provides a tuneful treat for the audience.
“Aurora Awakes” by John Mackey is a piece about the heralding of the coming of light. Built in two substantial sections, the piece moves from a place of remarkable stillness to an unbridled explosion of energy— from darkness to light, placid gray to startling rainbows of color.
For tickets, visit the Mountainlair of CAC Box Offices, or call (304) 293-SHOW.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
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