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Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble to Present Concert



JONESBORO – The Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble will continue their 2017-2018 concert season on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall at Arkansas State University.

Symphonic Winds will perform first, beginning with Alfred Reed’s “A Festival Prelude.”  Next they will play “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass, “Rukus” by Randall Standridge, and “Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo” arranged by John Paynter.  They will close their portion of the evening with “Go Galop” by Henry Filmore.

The Symphonic Winds are under the direction of Dr. Sarah Labovitz, associate director of bands and coordinator of instrumental music education. 

After a brief intermission, the Wind Ensemble will take the stage.  The group will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Toccata Mariziale,” “Elegy for a Young American” by Ronald Lo Presti, “Variations on ‘America’ for Band” by Charles Ives, “Silver Lining” by Frank Ticheli, and “Asphalt Cocktail” by John Mackey. 

Dr. Timothy Oliver, director of bands at A-State, is director of the Wind Ensemble.

The Wind Ensemble will be joined Dr. Tara Schwab, assistant professor of flute, who is a new faculty member this year. Oliver states, “Dr. Schwab will be performing a new work commissioned in part by the A-State Wind Ensemble called ‘Silver Lining’ by Frank Ticheli. It is a three-movement work with extreme technical demand including a large number of extended and contemporary playing techniques.”

The ensembles are also directed in part by graduate assistants Jessica Burmingham and Matthew Simpson. 

Tickets are $5 for the general public, and students are admitted free with their ID.

For more details about this concert or any other A-State music event, one may contact the Music Department at (870) 972-2094.