AU symphonic band to perform Friday at Opelika Performing Arts Center

AUBURN – The Auburn University Symphonic Band will perform in concert on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Opelika Performing Arts Center. The concert is in conjunction with the Alabama all-state band festival to be held this weekend at AU.

The Symphonic Band, a select group of 70 musicians, is a performing ensemble in the AU band program. Conductor of the symphonic band is Dr. Johnnie Vinson, director of bands and professor of music at AU.

The concert will include both traditional and contemporary works, beginning with Leonard Bernstein’s “Profanation” and ending with the premiere of Mississippi composer Julie Giroux’s “Movin’ on Down the Line.” Ney Rosuaro’s “Concerta for Marimba will feature a solo performance by the AU department of music’s Doug Rosener.

Other selections will include Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in E-Flat,” former AU faculty member Randall Faust’s “Auburn Echoes” and Percy Grainger’s “The Gum-Suckers March.”

Special guest conductor for the concert will be Tom Caneva, director of bands at Ball State University and an all-state band conductor. Caneva served as assistant director of bands at AU from 1985 to 1989.

For more information, contact Johnnie Vinson at (334) 844-4166.

(Contributed by Vicky Santos.)

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