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Wind Ensemble Performs Feb. 18

BOONE– A variety of 20th century compositions for wind instruments will be featured during the Appalachian State University Wind Ensemble concert Feb. 18.

The free concert begins at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. William A. Gora conducts. The concert features Karen Robertson Smith on horn.

Featured pieces include “Motown Metal” by Michael Daughtery, “Danza De Los Duendes” by Nancy Galbraith, “Lied et Scherzo” by Florent Schmitt, “Intermezzo from Vanessa” by Samuel Barber, “Sinfonietta” by Ingolf Dahl and “Man of the Hour” by Henry Fillmore.

“Motown Metal” is a seven-minute composition for brass ensemble and percussion inspired by the rhythms of Detroit and features instruments made only of metal.

Galbraith is considered one of the 20th century’s most prolific and innovative composers. Her musical style is described as post-modern and has been praised for its combination of melody and rhythm.

“Lied et Scherzo” was written for double wind quintet with solo horn.

Director of bands and professor of saxophone, Gora has been involved with the College of Band Directors National Association and Cannon Music summer camps during his tenure at Appalachian. Gora also is a member of the North Carolina Symphony and is chairman of the Issues of School Reform Task Force.

Gora has been a soloist with Vivaldi Travelling Circus. He earned a music degree from the University of Miami and a doctorate of music on saxophone.

Gora’s travels with music have included the United States and Europe, as well as a residency in Taipei, Taiwan. He also has presented a number of symposiums across the nation.

Smith is a professor of horn at Appalachian and has earned music degrees from the University of Tennessee, University of Cincinnati and the University of Missouri of Kansas City. Smith has performed with the Knoxville Symphony, North Carolina Western Piedmont Symphony, the Appalachian Woodwind Quintet and others. Smith also has performed in the Kansas City area and has won several awards.

For more information on this concert, call the Appalachian State University School of Music at 262-3020.