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SBU Wind Symphony concert is April 23

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SBU Wind Symphony concert is April 23

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents “Spring in the Ozarks – A Celebration of the Season” featuring music performed by the SBU Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar Campus. Works by Reed, Bryant, Iannaccone, Whitacre and Vaughan Williams are featured by the 55-member ensemble.

“The music from this concert is connected to the spring season in some way,” said Dr. Brian Hopwood, conductor and director of instrumental studies at SBU. “Many of history’s great composers have been fascinated with spring and used this season of rebirth, renewal and resurrection as inspiration in their compositions. Works like Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ from the ‘Four Seasons,’ Beethoven’s ‘Spring Sonata’ (Violin Sonata in F, op. 24), the ‘Spring Symphony, op. 44’ by Benjamin Britten for chorus and orchestra and ‘Schumann’s Symphony No. 1’ (Spring) are but a few in this category.”

The concert will open with Alfred Reed’s concert overture “The Hounds of Spring,” written on commission and dedicated to the John L. Forster Secondary School Symphonic Band of Windsor, Ontario. The inspiration and title comes from a 19th-century poem, “Atlanta in Calydon,” a magical picture of young love in springtime. The setting is an attempt to capture the twin elements of the poem, exuberant youthful gaiety and the sweetness of tender love, in an appropriate musical texture. According to composer Steven Bryant, “Dusk” is a “simple, chorale-like work [which] captures the reflective calm of dusk, paradoxically illuminated by the fiery hues of sunset. I’m always struck by the dual nature of this experience, as if witnessing an event of epic proportions silently occurring in slow motion.”

Anthony Iannaccone wrote “After a Gentle Rain” on a commission from the Eastern Michigan Symphonic Band in 1979. Its two movements, “The Dark Green Glistens with Old Reflections” and “Sparkling Air Bursts with Dancing Sunlight,” clearly paint mental images for the listener. The work is to a certain degree both quasi-programmatic and quasi-impressionistic. “Cloudburst,” by Eric Whitacre, was originally composed for SATB choir and percussion in 1991 and was transcribed on commission for wind band by the composer in 2001. Whitacre was inspired to write the work after witnessing an actual (“breathtaking”) desert cloudburst. The lyrics are based on the poem “The Broken Water Jug” by Octavio Paz.

Whitacre describes the two versions: “Where the choral version is intimate and delicate, the version for winds is strong and assured, and to my ears it sounds like it’s suddenly in Technicolor … on a 50-foot screen.”

The program will conclude with a wind band cornerstone, “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Brian K. Hopwood, department of music, at (417) 328-1647 or e-mail him at

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