Wind Ensemble in Concert

The highly acclaimed Shepherd University Wind Ensemble will perform on Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center, offering a preview of some of the pieces to be performed on their upcoming tour of Spain in May. 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 the conductor and the ensemble learning about and hearing excerpts from the music to follow.

The Wind Ensemble will offer an exciting program featuring music spanning 500 years. The program includes Americans We by Henry Fillmore, Third Suite by Robert Jager, Ging Heut' Morgen Uber's Feld by Gustav Mahler, Four Dances from West Side Story and Slava! by Leonard Bernstein, Amazing Grace by William Himes, and Ballet Sacra by David Holsinger.

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 no. 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. The ensemble is looking forward to touring Spain this coming May.

Admission and seating for the 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