OU Bands in Concert Monday Night!

What better way to get started with Texas week than by supporting our student musicians in the first concert of the Fall 2011 semester?  You can do exactly that Monday night at 8:00 PM by hearing the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band in concert!

The Symphony Band, directed by Dr. Debra Traficante, begins with Dana Wilson’s Shortcut Home fanfare, followed by William Schumann’s 20th-century masterwork George Washington Bridge, and John Mackey’s latest composition for band, Hymn to a Blue Hour (2010). The program concludes with a Charles Ives work. Circus Band March (1894) is a march, originally for piano, touching on many American themes. It’s not as wild as Ives’ Country Band March, but then again, he was only a freshman at Yale when he wrote this.

The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Wakefield, will perform John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, an adapted short orchestral work that has become very popular for symphonic winds in its current orchestration by OU graduate Lawrence Odom (upon request by the United States Air Force Band). That’s followed by H. Owen Reed’s Michigan Morn, and Profanation from Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” by Leonard Bernstein, adapted from his first large form symphony and another popular collegiate symphonic wind work. The program concludes with French composer Florent Schmitt’s Dionysiaques, Op. 62, a 1913 original band work from the impressionistic period. Think Debussy, Ravel, lush orchestration, and wild dance-like rhythms.

As noted, the program begins at 8:00 PM on Monday night (October 3).  It’s a Sutton Series Concert, and because they’ve really been that good, the price has gone up to $9 for most people, but remains $5 for senior citizens and for all OU students, faculty, and staff.  And worth it, too.  You can click the poster above to get your own PDF version of the poster, and you can get more info and program notes at the OU Bands Web site.