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Symphonic Winds Presents Western NY Tour

Senior music major Jonathan Vogan will direct the Eric Whitacre piece, October.

HOUGHTON, N.Y. – The Houghton College Symphonic Winds tour kicks off February 12, 2010 at Houghton College’s Wesley Chapel. This year the largest-ever Symphonic Winds ensemble will be travelling to four different locations in western New York to perform.

Following their first concert on the Houghton campus, Symphonic Winds will be at the Walton Historic Theater in Walton, N.Y., Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. The following afternoon, February 26, the ensemble will be performing at the Christian Central Academy in Williamsville, N.Y. The same evening they will be travelling to the Wesleyan Church of Orchard Park in Orchard Park, N.Y. The tour will be concluded Sunday, February 28 with two performances, 9 and 11 a.m., at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence N.Y.

The theme for this year’s tour is Americana, Classic Works and Great Hymns of the Faith. Among the classic hymns such as Be Thou My Vision and Praise to the Lord, pieces by John Williams, Hector Berlioz and Jay Dawson will also be played. Guest conductor Houghton College senior, Jonathan Vogan, will be directing the piece, October by Eric Whitacre, and graduate student Sarah Wilson will perform a clarinet solo, Concerto for Clarinet and Concert Piano by Nicolai Rimky-Korsakov. Conductor Gary Stith explains that in each performance the ensemble wishes to “worship and glorify the Lord through music.”

In recent years, the ensemble has worked with many different conductors and composers including Frank L. Battisti, Edward Lisk, Stephan Shewan and Lowell Lieberman. On March 8, retired Col. Lowell Graham, former conductor of the United States Air Force Band, will be on campus to work with Symphonic Winds.

Last spring Symphonic Winds released their first full length CD, which is now available at the Houghton College Campus Store. The group was also selected to perform at the New York State Band Directors Association symposium last spring.

If you would like more information about the upcoming tour, please visit the Houghton College web site at

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