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Department of Music to host November 15 wind symphony concert

ISSUED: 6 November 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WVDue to inclement weather, the Wind Symphony concert has been rescheduled for Monday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater.

The Shepherd University Wind Symphony will present a variety of wind band literature as interpreted by a new generation of conductors on Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater. After completing two semesters of conducting, 10 student conductors have carefully selected music, studied their scores, written program notes, developed rehearsal strategies, and rehearsed the ensemble in preparation for this band concert.

The evening opens with a classical march by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Yorkscher Marsch,” conducted by Dr. Scott Hippensteel, associate professor of music/director of bands. A ballad, “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey, will be conducted by student Daniel Morris, Martinsburg, and an overture in a Spanish style titled “Iberian Escapades” by Robert Sheldon will be conducted by Jordan Shifflett, Bridgewater, Virginia. Tara Foster, Leroy, will conduct a folk ballad set by Andrew Boysen, titled “All the Pretty Little Horses.” Alexandra Brunelle, Keedysville, Maryland, will conduct the upbeat overture “Sun Dance,” by Frank Ticheli.

Anna Watson, Cottageville, will conduct a rhythmic and energetic piece by Richard Saucedo titled “Windsprints.” Faith Kirschling, Frederick, Maryland, will conduct “Ammerland,” a portrayal of a European park. A dramatic depiction by composer Mark Lortz inspired by three poems of Edgar Allan Poe titled “Heart of Madness” will be conducted by Joshua Smith, Baltimore, Maryland. A clever work by Michael Colgrass titled “The Beethoven Machine” will be conducted by Nicholas Acquino, Martinsburg. Leanna Showe, Hagerstown, Maryland, will conduct a setting of the hymn “On A Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss” by David Holsinger. Shania Isenberg, Burlington, will conduct “Crosslands,” a reflective musical journey by Rossano Gallante. The evening concludes with a rousing patriotic closer by Morton Gould based on the folk tune “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” titled “American Salute” conducted by Hippensteel.

General admission for the Shepherd Wind Symphony concert is $15; $10 for faculty, staff, Shepherd alumni, senior citizens, and students 18 and under; and free for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID. Admission and seating is first-come, first-served and there are no advance sales or reservations. The box office opens one hour prior to performance. For information, call 304-876-5555 or

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