The University of Oklahoma Band Department presents a Sutton Series concert on Monday, October 6, featuring the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band performing music inspired by images: “Pictures, imagined and real.”
(When you get right down to it, those two categories include basically all the pictures. If they’re not real, they’re imagined. “Photoshop” is not a separate category.)
The Symphony Band opens the program under the direction of Dr. Michael Hancock, the new Interim Assistant Director of Bands. He was most recently a graduate conducting fellow at the University of Miami, and was previously Music Director of the Heidelberg Arts Ensemble in Heidelberg, Germany. The program includes Firefly by Ryan George (b. 1978, so not George Ryan—sorry, George), Chant Funéraire by Gabriel Fauré (orchestrated in 2004 by Myron Moss), and both “II. Mass” and “III. Carinval” from H. Owen Reed’s La Fiesta Mexicana. Dr. Reed passed away on January 8 of this year at the age of 103, but La Fiesta Mexicana is enjoying its 60th year of performance.
After a brief intermission, the Wind Symphony takes the stage at Sharp Hall under the baton of Dr. William K. Wakefield, with three pieces that will all but make you see their inspiration projected on your eyes. (I’m imagining that right now, so it’s working already.) First, there’s Ecstatic Fanfare from the always original and evocative Steven Bryant, based on his Ecstatic Waters. That’s followed by Clare Grundman’s adaptation of the full Candide Suite, a selection of five songs from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Finally, the Wind Symphony presents Merlin Patterson’s recent adaptation and transcription of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
I know this not because I’m a genius, but because I’ve seen the program [PDF], and you can too by clicking on that link. You can also click on the poster above to get your own full-resolution beautiful PDF version of that, suitable for anything for which posters are suitable.
Sutton Series Concert tickets are available at the Catlett Music Center box office before the performance, and cost $9 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff, or senior citizens, but the poster does say “$10 at the door.” The concert begins at 8:00 PM, and if you can’t attend, you’re invited to watch the livestream by clicking here. See you there!