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Symphonic Winds to Present Premiere of “Winter Ricercar”


JONESBORO – The Department of Music will present the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds in their last concert of the spring semester on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall.  Admission is free and open to the public. 

Concert Band will open the program with “Flourish for Wind Band” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, under the direction of graduate conductor, Kyle Kempf.  They will continue with J.S. Bach’s “Come Sweet Death” under the direction of graduate conductor, Shane McGarrah.  They will also play “Hebrides Suite” by Clare Grundman and “United Nations” by Karl King.

After a brief intermission, Symphonic Winds will take the stage.  They are under the direction of Dr. Sarah Labovitz.  Their program includes “Under the Double Eagle” by J. F. Wagner, “Candide Suite” by Leonard Bernstein, and “To set the darkness echoing” by Dana Wilson. 

The group will also be premiering a brand new chamber piece, “Winter Ricercar” by Kevin Walczyk.  It was brought to be by a consortium of 13 different colleges and universities from around the country, of which Arkansas State was one. This is the Arkansas premiere of this piece.

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

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