Symphonic Band, Concert Band to perform Dec. 12

December 02, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Symphonic Band and Concert Band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Eisenhower Auditorium.

Highlights of the Concert Band's program include a transcription of Franz Biebl's famous choral work "Ave Maria," and a three-movement composition by Gordon Jacob. The Concert Band is conducted by Robert Hickey, a graduate student in wind conducting.

The Symphonic Band presents a program including works by British composer Gustav Holst, and American composers Vincent Persichetti and John Mackey. The ensemble is conducted by Penn State's Director of Concert Bands Dennis Glocke and assisted by wind conducting graduate student Eric Palmquist.

Tickets are $12 general/$4 student. Buy your tickets in advance for School of Music concerts in Eisenhower Auditorium and save 40 percent off the price of admission. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased. Tickets are available at the Eisenhower Ticket Center (814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX) or online here. (Tickets purchased on the the day of the concert are not eligible.)

Concert Band Program

"Flourish for Wind Band" -- Ralph Vaughan Williams

"Ave Maria" -- Franz Biebl  (arranged by Robert Cameron)

"An Original Suite" -- Gordon Jacob


"Army of the Nile" -- Kenneth J. Alford (edited by Frederick Fennell)

"Concord" -- Clare Grundman

Symphonic Band Program

"Second Suite in F" -- Gustav Holst (Eric Palmquist, conductor)

"Symphony No. 6, Op. 69" -- Vincent Persichetti

"Strange Humors"  -- John Mackey

The Symphonic Band is a select band that utilizes the full resources of the large wind/percussion ensemble to perform outstanding works from the concert band repertory. Members of the 80-piece ensemble are selected by audition during the first week of classes each semester. The Symphonic Band presents several concerts each semester in the 2,600-seat Eisenhower Auditorium. Like all Penn State bands, the Symphonic Band is open to all students, regardless of major.

The Concert Band performs the finest in traditional and contemporary literature composed or transcribed for the concert band medium. It performs concerts in Eisenhower Auditorium. The Concert Band is open to all students, regardless of major. An audition is required in the spring semester, but not in the fall. Spring semester auditions take place during the first week of classes.

  • Dennis Glocke

    Dennis Glocke, conductor

    IMAGE: Penn State
  • Robert Hickey

    Robert Hickey, conductor

    IMAGE: Cody Goddard
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Last Updated December 02, 2013