December 6, 2012
Symphonic Winds to Present "Yuletide at Home"
Houghton College’s Symphonic Winds is pleased to present their 2nd annual “Yuletide at Home,” a concert composed entirely of seasonal music. It will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 7:30 pm in Wesley Chapel. The ensemble will be led by five conductors: conducting graduate students Rachel Smith and Ethan Hall; Dr. Brian Casey, music director of the ensemble; guest conductor Dr. Christopher Foster, Director of Bands at Alfred University; and Mr. Gary Stith, in his last appearance as a Houghton faculty member. This concert is free and is open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.houghton.edu/music/ensembles/instrumental/symphonic-winds/
This year’s program covers the many moods and styles of the Christmas season. The ancient liturgical, the modern serene, and the traditionally festive will all be highlighted. Three Christmas season medleys will be performed, including a clever one with minor-key variations on 12 familiar songs as well as the perennial favorite, A Christmas Festival, arranged by master composer Leroy Anderson. In addition, Symphonic Winds will be performing Quasar, a freshly commissioned piece in its New York premiere, and, of course, the ever-popular Sleigh Ride.
The Houghton Symphonic Winds is a wind band made up of approximately 60 members. 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 campus concerts per year, in addition to other performances. The ensemble also tours annually in the spring semester and released its most recent full-length CD on the Mark Records label during the spring of 2009. Dr. Brian Casey, assistant professor of conducting and horn at Houghton College, currently serves as music director and conductor for both Philharmonia and Symphonic Winds.