Wind Symphony Concert
The Shepherd University Wind Symphony will present an evening of wind band classics led by student conductors on Thursday, November 18th at 8:00 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater of Shepherd University. The program will feature a wide range of works including "Festival Prelude" by Alfred Reed, "Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo" by Malcolm Arnold, "When Jesus Wept" by William Schuman, "Divertimento" by Ira Hearshen, "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Percy Grainger. Also on the program are two works to be conducted by Dr. Mark McCoy, "They Hung Their Harps" by Francis McBeth and "Incantation and Dance" by John Barnes Chance.
The title of "They Hung Their Harps" is taken from the Psalm in which the Israelites are so sorrowful that even music cannot assuage their anguish. The repetitive two- note motive of this work parallels the repetition of a single phrase often uttered by those grieving at the loss of a loved one: "How can this be?" or "I can't believe they are gone." Written by France McBeth at the passing of his dear friend and fellow composer Claude T. Smith, it is a tribute from a friend to a departed mentor and colleague and fittingly played in this performance as a dedication to Dr. Guy Frank, professor emeritus of music at Shepherd, who recently passed away on August 24th. Dr. Frank was well-loved by his students and colleagues and his impact on developing Shepherd's music program during his 34 years at the University is immeasurable. He retired in 1984 after serving as chair of the Creative Arts Division and Music Department, and assisting in the establishment of the Creative Art Center that now bears his name, the Frank Arts Center. Even in retirement Dr. Frank was a revered figure around town, His symphony for Shepherdstown, "Symphonic Tryptich" having been played as recently as last October on the Frank Center stage by the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. His love of music,of teaching, and his irrepressible wit will be missed by all who knew him. The SU Department of Music will present a musical tribute and celebration of the life of Dr. Frank in September 2011.
Shepherd University's Department of Music has an astounding 100% placement rate for its music education majors, and programs such as this helps give invaluable experience to these future teachers. Student conductors for this performance include Kari Edge, Evan Hensley, Sam Maconachy, and Ryan Yost.
The Wind Symphony concert is $10 for general admission; $5 for students, faculty, staff, and free to Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. Admission and seating is on a first-come first-serve basis and reservations are not taken. The box office opens one hour prior to the performance. Cash or check only please. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.