AUBURN – The Auburn University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform in concert on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Opelika Performing Arts Center, 1700 Lafayette Parkway. The concert, with its classic wind repertoire, is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature staples of the wind band idiom and provide the listener with a look into the history of the medium. The performance will include such benchmark pieces as “Polka and Fugue” from the opera Schwanda the Bagpiper by Jaromir Weinberger and “Trauersinfonie” by Richard Wagner.
Through small ensembles, listeners will be able to hear the different timbres of more concentrated wind groups. The Symphonic Band will be divided into two wind ensembles. They will perform “Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams, conducted by Dustin White; and “English Dances, set II” by Malcolm Arnold, conducted by Allison Parker. Also, a double wind quintet will perform Vincent Persichetti’s “Serenade No.1 Op.1” conducted by Corey Spurlin, Associate Director of Bands; and a wind octet will perform Guy Woolfenden’s “Suite Francaise” conducted by Staci Wyland.
The Symphonic Band will conclude the concert with a favorite by Alfred Reed, “Armenian Dances, (Part I).”
The Symphonic Band, a select group of 75 musicians, is the premier performing student organization in the Auburn University Band program. The Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble are under the baton of Rick Good, Director of Bands and associate professor of music at Auburn.