Auburn University Symphonic Winds performing at Opelika Performing Arts Center April 17

AUBURN – The Auburn University Symphonic Winds will perform in a free public concert at 8 p.m., Friday, April 17 at the Opelika Performing Arts Center. The concert is under the baton of Rick Good, director of bands and acting co-chair of the Department of Music. It is in conjunction with the Alabama All-State Band Festival being held on the Auburn campus April 16-18.

The concert will feature a variety of traditional and contemporary music, including “The Carmen Symphony,” a sequence of orchestral interludes compiled by Jose Serebrier from Georges Bizet’s opera, “Carmen.”

Other selections on the program will include “Whirr, Whirr, Whirr!” by Ralph Hultgren; and “Vilabella,” a concert march by Kenneth Williams conducted by Corey Spurlin, associate director of bands.

The concert will conclude with Michael Daugherty’s “Rosa Parks Boulevard,” featuring trombone soloists Matt Wood, Riley Jones and Drew Mabry. Daugherty said the musical depiction was inspired by attending a church service with Parks in 1999. The trombone voice symbolizing her preacher is contrasted with the turbulent bus ride marking a monumental point in history.

Contact: Rick Good (334) 844-4166, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9979 (