Symphonic Winds Performs First Concert of the New Year
March 15, 2013 | 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. will mark the first performance of the semester for the Symphonic Winds and the Houghton College conducting debut of Professor Justin Davis. The performance will also feature guest conductors Ethan Hall and Rachel Smith, graduate students at the Greatbatch School of Music. Following the concert will be a reception. This event is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature music by Eric Whitacre, Gustav Holst, Mozart and Leonard Bernstein among others. Davis stated, “We begin our journey on Whitacre’s exciting and fast “Ghost Train” and progress over a short hour-long program with intermission to the concluding pieces from Bernstein’s opera Candide and the exciting Spanish march “Amparito Roca” written by Jaime Texidor.
“Whether you are a veteran to wind band concerts or a rookie, we hope you will make plans to join us in these great evenings of music!” said Davis.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble comprises over 50 musicians aged 15 to 75 who all share the common bond of music making. It seeks to expose its students and audiences to the highest quality music written for wind and percussion instruments. Made up of approximately 65 percent music majors and 35 percent non-majors, this outstanding ensemble performs four major concerts per year, in addition to other performances. The second concert of the semester will be held on April 27.