Symphonic bands in Homecoming Concert Thursday!

The University Bands kick off Homecoming 2008 festivities with the opening concert of the Fall 2008 semester for the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band, performing at 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 16, in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett Music Center on the OU campus.

The Symphony Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian Britt, will perform Blue Lake Overture, composed in 1971 by John Barnes Chance for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp of Twin Lake, MN. Other selections include Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band, Frank Ticheli’s Joy Revisted, and John Philip Sousa’s Pathfinder of Panama.

The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. William K. Wakefield, presents the wind premiere of Kevin Walcyzyk’s Celebration Fanfare (2003); as well as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; Percy Grainger’s Children’s March; Alberto Ginastera’s Danza Final (Malambo), the fourth and final movement from his ballet Estancia, Op. 8 (1941); and also Don Grantham’s Don’t You See?

Tickets for this Sutton Series concert are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, faculty, or staff. Tickets are available at the Catlett box office; call the Fine Arts Tickets Service at (405) 325-4101 for more information. The concert is also slated to be streamed live over the Internet via QuickTime—visit the OU School of Music home page at 8:00 PM on Thursday and click the “Live-Stream” link to listen on your computer.

Streaming is great, but nothing beats showing up in person to hear OU’s current student musicians performing classic and brand new works for the wind repertoire, and during homecoming week, too! We hope to see you all there to support the band programs!

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