Wind Symphony concert scheduled April 28
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND -- “A Light Unto the Darkness,” a reference to the bombing of Oklahoma City 15 years ago, is the theme of the Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony’s performance at the downtown Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. April 28.
Sponsored by the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts and part of the program’s spring Encore! season, the symphony will be directed by Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger. The orchestra is comprised of the finest wind and percussion musicians attending the university.
The concert will open with Joseph Wilcox Jenkins’ “American Overture for Band,” followed by David Gillingham’s “A Light Unto the Darkness.”
“’A Light Unto the Darkness’ is a very poignant and dramatic work that was written in honor of the 168 victims of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995,” explained Hemberger. “The piece is organized into three parts, with the music addressing the daily routine of the city, the explosion itself and the painful grief that followed, intertwined with melodies of hope.”
The concert will continue with “Turbo Scramjet,” a fast paced, unpredictable piece by composer William Pitts; the whimsical “Candide Suite” composed in 1956 by Leonard Bernstein; and two movements from Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto in E-flat,” performed by senior music education major Marcy Mayeux, a winner of the Wind Symphony Concerto Competition.
Performing Anders Koppel’s “Toccata for Marimba and Vibraphone,” two additional competition winners, Josh Dunn and Andrew Robin, will open the second half of the concert. Philip Sparke’s “Dance Movements,” originally commissioned and performed by the U.S. Air Force Band, ends the concert.
Tickets are available through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5, senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. Southeastern students are admitted free with student identification. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 985-543-4371.