Shepherd University Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Concert

The new Shepherd University Symphony Band, along with the highly acclaimed Shepherd University Wind Ensemble, will perform a concert featuring international wind band music on Friday, April 6th at 8:00 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center Theater. Free with admission is a pre-concert lecture describing the works beginning at 7:00 p.m. A great way to derive even more enjoyment from the performance, the audience is invited to spend an hour with conductor Dr. Scott Hippensteel and the ensemble learning about and hearing excerpts from the music to follow.

This will be the first performance of the Symphony Band, a new ensemble that is open to Shepherd University music majors, non-music majors, faculty, staff, and community members. Selections to be performed by the Symphony Band will include: Amparito Roca, a Spanish march; Chester, an overture based on the American Revolutionary War song by William Billings; Country Gardens by Percy Grainger; Courtly Airs and Dances, a six movement suite of international Renaissance dances by Ron Nelson; a setting of Amazing Grace by Frank Ticheli, and a syncopated, bouncy southern fugue by Brant Karrick entitled, Bayou Breakdown.

The second half of the program will feature the Wind Ensemble in Festive Overture by Dimitri Shostakovich; Toccata Marziale by Ralph Vaughan Williams; Vientos y Tangos, a new work by Michael Gandolfi in the style of Astor Piazzolla using a creative variety of timbres and Argentinian dance rhythms; Florentiner March by Czech composer Julius Fucik in a grand Italian march style; October by Eric Whitacre; and Frenzy, a work of fast-paced intensity by Andrew Boysen.

The Shepherd University Wind Ensemble, comprised of music majors and a few select non-majors, is the premier wind group of Shepherd University and each year the audition becomes more competitive. This ensemble has been invited to perform around the world. In 2001, the group accepted an invitation form the Lord Mayor of Dublin to tour Ireland and performed throughout the country, including stops in Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Tramore, and Dublin. In 2004, their outstanding recording of Barnes Symphony #3 garnered them an invitation to be a part of the 2005 season in Carnegie Hall. The well-attended concert received a standing ovation and was well received by the New York audience. In May 2009, the SU Wind Ensemble performed on a 10-day concert tour of Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague, and last year in May, the ensemble toured Spain.

Admission and seating for the Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble concert is on a first come-first serve basis and advance sales or reservations are not available. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is $10, $5 for students 18 and under, and free to Shepherd students with Rambler ID and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.