Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SBU Music Department presents “Wind Music Potpourri”

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents “Wind Music Potpourri” Thursday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m., featuring music performed by the Wind Symphony and Chamber Ensembles. Works by Rudin, Ticheli, Pann, and Barber are featured by the 60-member Wind Symphony along with compositions performed by brass and woodwind chamber groups. The free public performance will be held at Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

The Wind Symphony music for this performance depicts a variety of styles and emotions.
Ferne Weite ein Landschaftsbild (Far Distance: A Landscape View) [2005], suggests a pastoral depiction of scenes from the composer’s own experience. Like composer Rolf Rudin’s earlier works, the piece is highly romantic in its thematic interplay and contrast, and in its variety of texture.

Composer Frank Ticheli describes his composition, Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs (2002) as “…four Shaker melodies - a sensuous nature song, a lively dance tune, a tender lullaby, and most famously, ‘Simple Gifts,’ the hymn that celebrates the Shaker's love of simplicity and humility. In setting these songs, I sought subtle ways to preserve their simple, straightforward beauty.”

Composer Carter Pann was approached to write Hold This Boy and Listen (2008) for the Colorado Wind Ensemble’s consortium commissioning project designed for the purpose of having artistic composers contribute literature of high quality and depth to young band repertoire. The work is the third in a series of works by Pann written for his nephews, Davey being the third and youngest nephew to receive this gift.

Rounding out the program is Samuel Barber’s Commando March (1943), described by one critic as “an old-fashioned quick-step [march] sporting a crew cut.”

For more information, please call Brian Hopwood, department of music, at (417) 328-1647 or email him at:


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