The Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble will present its final spring concert tomorrow, featuring winners of the third annual concert competition and a virtual ballet in collaboration with Digital Media Studies professors Megan Ehrhart and Knut Hybinette.
The concert takes place in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. A reception, sponsored by Tau Beta Sigma, will occur during intermission. General admission is $5 or free with Tarleton ID and go on sale one hour prior to concert start.
Guest composer Charles Fernandez will conduct Dr. Anthony Pursell’s Centennial Colors, which was premiered during the Centennial Celebration Kick-Off Concert this past January. After Centennial Colors, the Chamber Winds will feature the first winners of the concerto competition, Cesar Martinez and Alyssa Dow, in a flute duo by Doppler, guest conducted by Dr. Jennifer Rodriguez, adjunct instructor of flute.
John Williams’ Escapades from Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie, Catch Me If You Can, features Tarleton’s second winner from this year’s concerto competition, Ste’fon Landers. Greg Ball will guest conduct.
After a brief intermission, Charles Fernandez will set the stage for his ballet, The Statue. The piece portrays two lovers, separated by the rage of a sorceress, with the man turned to stone and his lover left to grieve. Having influences from Jean Francaix to Sergei Prokofiev, the ballet takes the audience on a journey to discover whether these soulmates can find a way to reunite.
With help from Tarleton’s Digital Media Studies professors Knut Hybinette and Megan Ehrhart, the audience will experience a Tarleton first: a virtual ballet performed by New York ballerina, Gabrielle Spotz, daughter of Dr. Leslie Spotz, Tarleton professor of piano.