In celebration of the ninety-fifth season of bands at Lenoir-Rhyne University, the 70-member Wind Symphony will present its spring concert on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the newly-renovated P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
Featured on the program is the North Carolina and Southeastern United States premier of a new work for band by Chicago-area composer James Stephenson entitled The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Written by American author Washington Irvine in 1820 as part of a collection of short stories, the tale upon which Stephenson's work is based spins the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Also featured is Frank Ticheli's An American Elegy, which was written as a remembrance of the victims of the Columbine (CO) shootings on April 20, 1999. This powerful work climaxes with the melody of the Columbine High School Alma Mater.
Also included on the program will be a new transcription of Rimsky-Korsakov's Procession of Nobles by arranger/conductor Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jeffrey Warner, Kenneth Alford's Colonel Bogey March, Camille Saint-Saëns's March Militaire Française, and Alfred Reed's delightful Second Suite for Band (Latino-Mexicana).
Sharing the podium with Daniel Kiser, Director of Bands, will be Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Spirit of Lenoir-Rhyne Marching Band, Neil Underwood, guest conductor, Jeffrey Warner, USAF Ret., and Wind Symphony Trombone Ensemble conductor, John Gordon Ross.
The Wind Symphony is comprised of LR students, community musicians from the Unifour area, and two exceptional high school students from Alexander and Catawba Counties.
For more information on the LR Wind Symphony, visit lr.edu/publicevents.