Start giving thanks with a big concert

Concert poster, 2013-11-21Warm up for the cold weekend ahead and dance in your gazebo with the OU Band Department’s big big concert, the second and final of the Fall 2013 Semester, with a fantastic program and the talents of the many fine students of the OU School of Music, plus some faculty.

Faculty! Jonathan Nichol, professor of saxophone, lends his talents during the Symphony Band‘s performance in two movements of Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band (1944): the second (“Mvt. II Meditative”) and first (“Mvt I Energetic”).  That’s part of the program conducted by Dr. Debra Traficante that also includes Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide”, the Lucien Calliet transcription of Richard Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, and Paul Yoder’s transcription and arrangement of Prokofiev’s March for Military Band in B flat, Op. 99.

When the Wind Symphony takes the stage under Dr. William Wakefield, they’ll open with a newish (2011) transcription of Joseph Hellmesberger’s “Gypsy Dance” from The Pearl of Iberia—as seen here on YouTube conducted by the transcriber, Robert J. Ambrose. That’s followed by Sensemayá (1938) by Revueltas (arranged by Bencriscutto), and then guest conductor Sean Kelley with “Marches” from Symphony for Band, “West Point” (1952) by Morton Gould.

Dr. Wakefield returns for another lyrical arrangement of a Morton Lauridsen choral work, Contra Qui, Rose, as set for winds by H. Robert Reynolds.  The concert concludes with a modern masterwork for symphonic winds: Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano, arranged for concert winds by the composer in 1974 from his own set of four-hand piano pieces.  With Dr. Debra Traficante conducting, the Wind Symphony will perform all four movements of this difficult but rewarding icon of the concert repertoire.

The Sutton Series concert begins at 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Sharp Hall at the Catlett Music Center on the OU Campus.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or through the other Fine Arts ticketing services.  You can, alternatively, watch a live-stream of the concert at, but it’s much better to be there in person. We hope to see you there! Click on the poster to download your own copy in PDF format!