The Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble presents its final concert of the fall 2016 semester at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
As the second of two concerts previewing the university’s 2017 Centennial Celebration as a member of The Texas A&M University System, this concert will honor Tarleton past and Tarleton present from one of its most valuable assets—its alumni.
The beginning of the concert features Paul Hindemith’s monumental work from 1951,Symphony in Bb. Director of bands and conductor of the wind ensemble Dr. Anthony Pursell said, “The Hindemith Symphony is one of the cornerstone works for the wind band. It is one of the most difficult works both technically and intellectually for the student musicians and audience alike. When given the option between this work and another, the students voted for the ultimate challenge, and I am very pleased with their progress and their sense of urgency in preparing such a classic work.”
To honor Tarleton present, the wind ensemble will perform a highly energetic new work by Ola Gjeilo titled Meridian. This work features music major Cade Schmutz on piano and is a fusion of several styles and influences from the jazz music of Keith Jarrett and Jan Gararek and the symphonic music of Dmitri Shostakovich.
Following this contemporary work, Tarleton visiting assistant professor of percussion Dr. Benjamin Charles and duo partner Kathryn Burns will be featured in Keiko Abe’s Prism Rhapsody II for Two Marimbas.
Interwoven in the concert are several notable alumni who will tie in Tarleton’s history and their personal testimonial on how the university helped transition their lives. As an extra special treat, one of Tarleton’s most recognized icons will be making a special guest appearance.
General admission tickets are $5 or free with a valid Tarleton ID.
Tau Beta Sigma, a national band sorority developed to provide service to university band programs, will host a post-concert reception.