Symphonic Winds Presents: Prayers, Dances and Celebrations

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Houghton College, Wesley Chapel


April 27, 2013


07:30 PM to 08:30 PM


Houghton College’s Symphonic Winds is pleased to present their last concert of the year on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The performance, entitled Prayers, Dances and Celebrations will feature mixtures of smaller chamber ensembles, the full band, as well as the addition of the Houghton Academy Band.

Graduate conductors Ethan Hall and Rachel Smith will be concluding their conducting careers at Houghton College with two masterful chamber pieces. Professor Gary Stith will return as Director Emeritus, an honored guest conductor. Following the concert will be a reception.

The concert, as its name suggests, will be an assortment of music and styles. It will include such pieces as chamber works by Beethoven and Dubois, conducted by Ethan Hall and Rachel Smith, an arrangement of Renaissance dances, as well as a modern piece depicting the battles of good vs. evil in our world.  This particular piece, Angels in the Architecture, will feature the full modern wind ensemble, as well as soprano soloist, Maribeth Olsen '13, and organist William Strydhorst '13. Prof. Stith will return to conduct a piece that is based on a Jewish prayer for the dead entitled "Kaddish."  The concert will be concluded with the combined talents of the Houghton Academy Band and the Houghton College Symphonic Winds performing our national march: Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever.

“Our final concert is one not to be missed!” said conductor, Justin Davis. “It will have variety, passion, flair and beautiful music of all types.  Any person who loves music will enjoy the concert!”

On the conclusion of the work of the grad students, Davis remarked, “Both [graduate] conductors have grown immensely, and all will enjoy their passionate music making with our chamber ensembles.”

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. It is currently being led by Justin Davis, the interim director of instrumental music.


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