Department of Music

University Symphonic Wind Ensemble Kicks off the Year with Guest Artists

The University Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents its regular season opener on the theme, ?Kinetic Energy? Wednesday evening, October 12th in the Squires Student Center?s Haymarket Theatre, at 8 p.m.

The wind ensemble will be joined by two special guest artists to offer an engaging symphonic repertoire spanning the past century. The program centers around creative compositions of guest artist Andrew Boysen, Jr., an award-winning composer currently the Director of Bands at the University of New Hampshire. His Kinetic Energy (1993), Simple Song (1996), and Kirkpatrick Fanfare(1999) will be included. The other special feature will be a Boysen transcription of Joseph Schwantner?s highly acclaimed Percussion Concerto (1994), with soloist John Parks, IV. Dr. Parks is head of the percussion studio at Florida State University, and is a frequent guest clinician and performer throughout the country.

The performance begins with two works by Richard Strauss. The first, his Suite in Bb, op. 4 (1884) is considered a staple in the chamber wind literature?an impressive credential for the work of a 19-year old! The second, titled K?nigsmarsch (1906), originally a piano piece, has been rescored for symphonic band. Other works included in the presentation are time-tested classics, including Warren Benson?s The Solitary Dancer (1970), Percy Grainger?s Colonial Song (1918), and Gustav Holst?s First Suite (1909) [Intermezzo movement] with Will Petersen, Virginia Tech?s new Associate Director of the Marching Virginians, guest conducting. The concert is scheduled to last ninety minutes. Tickets are available at the door: $5.00 general admission, $3.00 for seniors, and $3.00 for students.

For further information, contact Patrick Casey, Associate Professor of Music and conductor of the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble at 231-5503.