On Wednesday, March 22, the Houghton College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Houghton College’s Wesley Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.
Gary Stith, professor emeritus of music education, will be a guest conductor. The concert will include a world premiere of “Divergent Winds,” written by graduate composer Seth Wright and featuring senior Dillon Hirsch on the saxophone. Additionally, the Wind Ensemble will perform what is considered to be one of the greatest wind ensemble works of all time: Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy.”
“This will be one of the most exciting Wind Ensemble Concerts to ever be performed in Wesley Chapel,” says Janette LaBarre, director of bands and assistant professor of music. “Students have worked very hard and are excited to perform such monumental works for Wind Ensemble.”
The Houghton Wind Ensemble (HWE) is one of the major instrumental ensembles of the Greatbatch School of Music. In a unique, inclusive model, the ensemble is comprised of music and non-music majors, to the tune of 35 percent of its members studying a field other than music. HWE seeks to expose its students and audiences to the highest quality music written for wind and percussion instruments.