The Houghton College Symphonic Winds and Philharmonia, under the direction of Justin Davis, will be performing in Wesley Chapel on Houghton College’s campus on Saturday, October 12 and Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
Davis, professor of conducting and horn and interim director of instrumental activities at Houghton College said, “We are very excited to present two different joint instrumental music concerts and thrilled to have the Houghton College Choir perform during the October 25 concert as well.”
The concert on October 12 will feature music by Mozart, Bizet, Ticheli, Milhaud, Biebl and a piece by Italian composer Davide Delle Cese. Joining Davis, Jeffrey Clark, a Greatbatch School of Music graduate conducting student, will make his conducting debut with both ensembles.
“We are also thrilled to invite undergraduate student and director of the Houghton Pops Orchestra, Nathaniel Efthimiou to conduct the Philharmonia,” Davis said.
The concert on October 25 is in conjunction with the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference and will feature music by Daugherty, Denham, Bate and Houghton's own Mark Hijleh, among others. To learn more about the CFAMC National Conference, visit: www.houghton.edu/calendar-events/christian-fellowship-of-art-music-composers-national-conference/1250/
Over 120 Houghton College students participate in the Instrumental Music Program and about 45 percent are non-music majors. “We have a wonderfully diverse group of students, faculty and community players who come together across all perceived boundaries to share the Lord's gifts of beauty and art through the act of high-level music making,” Davis said.
Davis conducted the Symphonic Winds for the spring semester of 2013, and the Philharmonia has welcomed him as their new music director and conductor this fall. To learn more about Houghton College music ensembles visit www.houghton.edu/music/ensembles .