Department of Music

Wind Ensemble & Symphony Band Join Forces in Presidential Salute

Join the University Symphony Band and the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Burruss Auditorium, Sunday afternoon, February 19th for a 3:00p.m. performance of American classics, with a little help from musical allies overseas.

Featured American music includes Fisher Tull?s classic Sketches on a Tudor Psalm (1972), Clifton Williams? Strategic Air Command (1964) , a sensitive transcription of Samuel Barber?s Sure on this Shining Night (1941), the cinematic Noisy Wheels of Joy (2001) by Eric Whitacre, and one of John Philip Sousa?s many rousing marches, Bullets and Bayonets (1918).

A special collaboration will be Fisher Tull?s Concerto Grosso for Brass Quintet and Band (1985), featuring Virginia Tech?s artist brass faculty. The concert finale is a combined bands set by all the student performers, with Richard Strauss? moving art song, Allerseelen (1885), and Vasily Kalinnikov?s classic Finale to is Symphony No. 1 in G minor (1895).

Pre-concert entertainment in the Burruss lobby begins at 2:40p.m., with a variety of small ensembles greeting the arriving audience.

Admission is $5.00 general, $3.00 students and seniors. For more information, contact, Patrick Casey, Coordinator of Instrumental Ensembles at (540) 231-5503.