Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform April 25

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the 2013-14 school year at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Eisenhower Auditorium. Highlights include Joel Puckett's "The Shadow of Sirius," featuring flute professor Naomi Seidman as soloist. The movements of the concerto represent Puckett's reflections on poetry included in a collection of poems by W. S. Merwin. The performance concludes with two pieces written by Czech composers responding to revolutionary foment in two different centuries. Smetana's "March of the Revolutionary Guard" was written in 1848 at a time when revolutionaries were fighting political oppression in the streets of Prague. This march is paired with Karel Husa's "Music for Prague 1968" written to commemorate the Prague Spring, a democratic reform movement that flourished briefly before being crushed by Soviet troops on Aug. 20, 1968. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dennis Glocke, assisted by Eric Palmquist.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $4 for students. Buy tickets in advance for School of Music concerts in Eisenhower and Schwab Auditoriums and save 40 percent off the price of admission.Tickets are available at the Eisenhower Ticket Center (814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX). Tickets purchased on the the day of the concert are not eligible.

This concert is also available through live streaming video at the Penn State School of Music.

Program

"Children's March: 'Over the hills and far away'" -- Percy Grainger (Eric Palmquist, conductor)

"The Shadow of Sirius" -- Joel Puckett (with Naomi Seidman, flute)

"March of the Revolutionary Guard" -- Bedřich Smetana

"Music for Prague 1968" -- Karel Husa

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind/percussion ensemble in the School of Music. This highly select 40-member ensemble is comprised of the finest wind and percussion instrumentalists on campus. It performs a variety of repertoire ranging from chamber music to literature that utilizes the full ensemble. It concertizes extensively both on and off campus, and is open to all students, regardless of major, by audition.

Last Updated April 21, 2014