Symphonic Wind Ensemble to conclude performance year April 28

April 23, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will conclude its performance year at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Eisenhower Auditorium. The program features student percussionist Kyle McKay, a winner of the 2015-16 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, as well as a multi-movement symphony based on the mythological saga of Odysseus by Massachusetts-based composer John Mackey. The ensemble is conducted by Dennis Glocke, director of concert bands.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $4 for students. Tickets purchased in advance for School of Music concerts in Eisenhower Auditorium are eligible for a 40 percent discount. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased. Purchases made the the day of the concert are not eligible for the discount. Tickets are available at any Arts Ticket Center location, by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX, or online at Penn State Arts Ticket Center. This concert will also be available via livestream video at the Penn State School of Music website.


Sweelinck Variations — David Noon

Theme and Variations, Op. 43a — Arnold Schoenberg

Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble — Ney Rosauro (Kyle McKay, marimba)

Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band — John Mackey

Junior percussionist Kyle McKay is a music education major from Drexel Hill. A percussion student of Dan C. Armstrong, Kyle currently participates in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Mallet Ensemble. He is the recipient of the 2016 Atherton Memorial Music Award and was also selected as the performance achievement winner of the 2016 College of Arts and Architecture's Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award. After graduating in 2017, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in percussion performance before obtaining a teaching job in an elementary school. He also intends to maintain an active performance career and teach privately.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind/percussion ensemble in the School of Music. This highly select forty-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 26, 2016