Wind bands perform final two concerts of fall semester

Date of release: 11/11/05

SAN MARCOS—The wind bands at Texas State University-San Marcos will wrap up the fall semester with performances on Nov. 16 and 17 in Evans Auditorium.  Both concerts will begin at 8 pm.

On Nov. 16, the Symphonic Winds, conducted by Rod Schueller and Steve Stevenson, will conclude their first fall semester with the following program:

Kirpatrick Fanfare*

Fairest of the Fair
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Andrew Boysen, Jr.
Jan Van der Roost
Ralph Vaughan Williams
John Philip Sousa/ed. Fennell
Elliot Del Borgo
Richard Meyer

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Elliot Del Borgo is based on the Dylan Thomas poem of the same name.  Written in 1977, the piece was commissioned in memory of three high school students who lost their lives in an automobile accident. Preceding the performance of the work, Richard Cheatham, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will give a reading of the poem.

The Wind Ensemble will perform the following evening, presenting a diverse program of music including classics, new works, and chamber music.  The program, under the guidance of Schueller, is as follows:

Feuillet D'album, Op. 81*
A Texas State of Mind
Procession of the Nobles
Variants on a Mediaeval Tune
Celtic Hymns and Dances*
Near Woodstock Town*
English Folk Song Suite

Camille Saint-Saens
Joseph Stuessy
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov/ ed. Ragsdale
Norman Dello Joio
Eric Ewazen
Percy Aldridge Grainger/arr. Ray E. Cramer
Ralph Vaughan Williams

*= campus premiere

Feuillet D'album of Camille Saint-Saens was originally written for two pianos, later transcribed by Paul Taffanel for eight wind instruments.  A Texas State of Mind by Dr. Joe Stuessy, Director of the School of Music at Texas State University, was commissioned by the school to serve as the feature work at commencement exercises.  The piece is written for brass ensemble with timpani and includes several Texas songs.  Several works on both programs will be making their campus debuts, including a work by noted band composer Percy Grainger.

Admission for all concerts is only $2 per person, and only $1 for students.  Tickets are available at the door.