Symphonic winds in concert!

Winds-2006-11-20 Small: Thumbnail for 2006-11-20 concert poster Got the Thanksgiving week blahs? Can’t stand even one more hour of Deal Or No Deal? Want to support the students in The Pride and the rest of the OU School of Music?

Come to the band concert tonight (Monday, November 20) at Catlett Music Center!

This final concert of the fall semester includes both of the band department’s symphonic wind ensembles. The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. William K. Wakefield and with guest conductors John Pasquale and Eric Eaks, will perform Strauss’ Serenade in E-flat, Opus 7, a brand new transcription (not the old warhorse Carl Fischer one) of the overture to Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, the full Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber, and the premiere of a brand new march by OCU composition professor Ray Luke, The Oklahoman, commissioned by and named for the newspaper of the same name. (Don’t laugh – if you were in Wind Ensemble in 1986, you probably remember that Sousa’s famous The Washington Post march was an entry in a contest by that newspaper. It won a prize of something like $5!)

Brian Britt and Jeff Jahnke conduct the Symphony Band in some great 20th-century classics for winds: Norman Dello Joio’s Scenes from “The Louvre”, John Barnes Chance’s Elegy, the overture to Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, as well as Sousa’s The Gallant Seventh March. It’s enough top-notch music to carry you right through the holiday sale ads on TV that started six weeks ago.

The concert begins at 8:00 PM in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall at Catlett Music Center, at 500 W. Boyd (the corner of Boyd and Elm) in Norman. Tickets to this Sutton Series concert are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, and OU faculty and staff. We hope to see you there! Click on the poster image to download your own 11 X 17 PDF poster to print and hand out today, too!

Update: If you absolutely can’t get to Sharp Hall tonight, the concert will be streamed over the Web starting at 7:55 PM. Click here to watch, but make sure you have QuickTime installed. (If you’re using any Mac released since 1991 or any PC that has iTunes, you have QuickTime installed; if not, you can get it for free here.)