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Appalachian’s Wind Ensemble Presents Dec. 4 Concert

BOONE–The Appalachian State University Wind Ensemble will perform Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The performance features a variety of original music for concert band and wind ensemble by American composers.

The program opens with Aaron Copland’s “Ceremonial Fanfare” for brass choir. Copland was commissioned to write the piece to celebrate the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art’s centennial year.

“George Washington Bridge,” written in 1951, is William Schuman’s musical impression of the New York City landmark.

Morton Gould, a successful composer in many styles including film, television, and the concert hall stage, offered the wind band his interpretation of scenes from the American Southwest in “Santa Fe Saga.”

The concert concludes with Robert Russell Bennett’s “Suite of Old American Dances,” a five-movement work that includes a ragtime, cakewalk, Missouri waltz and a western one-step. Bennett has several concert band compositions to his credit, but it was as an orchestrator for Rogers and Hammerstein musicals that received his greatest success.

The 52-member Wind Ensemble, selected from the most outstanding musicians in the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music, has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s finest university bands.

Directed by Dr. William A. Gora, now in his 28th year as director of bands at Appalachian, the Wind Ensemble has hosted residencies with many of America’s leading conductors, composers, and performers.

These have included Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Colgrass and Karel Husa, conductor Frederick Fennell, and world-renowned performers Allan Vizutti, Eddie Daniels and Vincent DiMartino.

The Wind Ensemble has performed at meetings of the College Band Directors National Association and the North Carolina Music Educators Association. The ensemble tours regularly throughout the region.

The Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2005 meeting of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

For more information about this or other upcoming Hayes School of Music events, call (828) 262-3020.