Shepherd University Wind Symphony

The Shepherd University Wind Symphony will present an evening of wind band classics led by student conductors on Wednesday, November 14th at 8:00 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater of Shepherd University.

Selections include; "Balkanya", an original work based on the spirited folk dances of the Balkan region by Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost, "Exultate", an energetic celebration by Samuel Hazo, "On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss", a chorale setting of the hymn It is Well With My Soul by David Holsinger, a transcription of the final two sections of Carl Orff's orchestral masterpiece, Carmina Burana, a classic march from WP Chambers entitled "The Boys of the Old Brigade", a transcription of "Prelude and Fugue in g minor", an organ work by J.S. Bach, the first two movements of Vincent Persichetti's "Divertimento", a driving new work by Richard Saucedo called "Windsprints", the first movement of "English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Toccata for Band" by Frank Erickson, the depiction of a sunrise in Spain by composer Bill Calhoun in "Morning in Madrid", a solemn and beautiful ballad by Larry Daehn "With Quiet Courage", and a fast, bombastic, yet charismatic piece by David Holsinger based on the story of Abram gathering an army and seeking revenge from the Book of Genesis entitled "Abram's Pursuit."

The Wind Symphony will present a variety of quality wind band literature as interpreted by a new generation of conductors. After completing two semesters of conducting, they carefully selected music, studied the scores, wrote program notes, developed rehearsal strategies, and rehearsed the 80-member ensemble. Building upon a tradition of musical excellence at Shepherd University, each instrumental student is provided with relevant musical experiences in the exciting journey and valuable lesson through the process of realizing a score and bringing the performance to life. 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.

Don't miss an exciting evening of band music interpreted by our student conductors! The Wind Symphony concert is $10 for general admission; $5 for students, faculty and staff, Shepherd alumni, and senior citizens, 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. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit