ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Winthrop University Symphonic Band and Winthrop University Wind Symphony will present a program of compositions for the wind band medium during their concert performance on Feb. 26. The Symphonic Band will open the program with Ralph Vaughn Williams’s English Folk Song Suite, a three-movement collection of original folk melodies set in an energetic and colorful setting. Also on the program is a beautiful wind transcription of the opera aria, “Pieta, Signore” by Alessandro Stradella and Alfred Reed’s rousing and lyrical tone poem, The Hounds of Spring. Conductors are Catharine Sinon Bushman and Lorrie Crochet. Graduate assistant Lashara Gordon will conduct selections from Alan Hovhaness’s Tower Music, a work for chamber winds. Following the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony will take the stage to perform Sousa’s well-known march Fairest of the Fair and movement III of Ira Hearshen’s Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa, which is composed as a scherzo model of a classical symphony third movement. The Wind Symphony will continue with a beautiful setting of Amazing Grace dedicated to the children of the September 11, 2001 victims and works by Percy Grainger and Gordon Jacob. The concert will conclude with Strange Humors by John Mackey, representing a merging of musical cultures — melodies and syncopation of middle Eastern music with the percussive accompaniment of African drumming. Please note this concert was originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 but has been moved to Sunday, Feb. 26 due to a conflict with another campus activity. This concert is free and open to the public. Students attending will receive cultural event credit.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 803/323-2255.
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