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Symphonic Winds Presents Concert ‘About Sun, Sea and Sky’

Houghton College’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present their second concert of the semester on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 8 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel.  The performance is the home concert for the anticipated upcoming Symphonic Winds Tour scheduled over Easter break from April 16 – 25, 2011. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

Symphonic Winds will present “About Sun, Sea and Sky,” including works by Frank Ticheli, Mark Camphouse, Brian Casey,  J.P. Sousa, and J.S. Bach with arrangements by Alfred Reed. Student conductor Bridgette Lyon’11 will lead the ensemble in the opening piece, “Chorale:  Hagios” composed by Franz Schubert and arranged by Brian Casey. A unique piece due to its depiction and representation, “A Sun Paints Rainbows on Vast Waves” by D. Bedford, is the third piece to be performed. This piece was inspired by a work of British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Following this piece, student conductor Rachel Smith’11, flute performance major, will lead the ensemble in “Canterbury Chorale” by J. Van der Roost.

Symphonic Winds, Houghton College’s wind ensemble, is comprised of about 58 members – both music and non-music majors. Members include college faculty and community members, such as 70-year-old, former college dean of students Robert Danner, who plays the tuba. About 54 of the 58 members will be traveling and performing on the Symphonic Winds Tour from April 16 – 25, 2011.

All of the pieces performed at the home concert, with the expectation of “About Sun, Sea and Sky,” will be showcased throughout five concerts, held in three states during tour. The concert tour program will also include piece by Riegger, Williams, Milhaud, Ellerby, and Dello Joio.

Dr. Briany Casey, assistant professor of conducting and horn at Houghton College, currently serves as music director and conductor for Philharmonia and Symphonic Winds. “I have a personal connection with the theme and music presented in this concert,” commented Casey, “and I feel the students are enjoying it as well.”

Following break, the College Choir and Philharmonia will present a joint concert at the end of April.

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