The Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring old and new creations from the concert band genre. The program will open with James Hosay’s concert march, Black Granite, dedicated to the valiant young men and women whose names are engraved on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in our nation’s capital.
Another major work on the program is Ron Nelson’s Medieval Suite, the composer’s homage to three of the leading composers of the period, Leonin, Perotin, and Mauchaut. Nelson utilizes the music of the three composers as a launching pad for some very modern and creative movements.
With the help of Professor Ron Brendel of Lee’s Department of Vocal Music as narrator, the Wind Ensemble will perform Part One of a major symphonic work celebrating the 100th birthday of President Ronald Reagan. The entire work, featuring a band, narrator and large chorus will officially premiere in Reagan’s home town of Dixon, Ill. in Feb. 2011.
Rounding out the evening’s concert will be music by Dimitri Shostakovich and John Philip Sousa. The concert will come to a close with Morton Gould’s West Point Symphony. Written to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the United States Military Academy in 1952, its two movements are appropriately entitled “Epitaphs” and “Marches”.
The concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lee University School of Music at 423-614-8240.