The Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Jason Kihle, will perform modern and traditional classics for wind band. “Marching Song” by British composer Gustav Holst is one his lesser-known but outstanding wind works.
Other selections are by contemporary American composers, including the exuberant “Festa!” by Elliot Del Borgo, “Walls of Zion” by Gregory Danner, and “Cajun Folk Songs” by Frank Ticheli.
The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Brian Shelton, presents a program from the period known as the American Band Renaissance.
All of these works were written or transcribed during the 1940s and 1950s, when serious and artistic American band music was coming into prominence.
“Fanfare and Allegro” by former University of Texas professor Clifton Williams won the first Ostwald Award in 1956, one of the most prestigious of all wind band composition contests.
This will be followed by William Schuman’s “George Washington Bridge” from 1950 and Vincent Persichetti’s delightful “Divertimento” from 1951. Both Schuman and Persichetti were major figures in American music in the middle of the 20th century.
The final selections of the evening are the “Finale to Symphony No. 1” by Vassily Kalinnikov and “The Circus Bee” by Henry Fillmore.