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Appalachian’s Wind Ensemble Performs Dec. 2

BOONE – The Appalachian State University Wind Ensemble conducted by William A. Gora presents a classical concert on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. The concert features Jon Beebe, bassoon, and Lynn Beebe, clarinet. Admission is free.

The evening will begin with Adolphe Sellenick’s “March Indienne.” Adolphe Sellenick was born in Lebourne, France. His father was a French army bandleader and it was natural for Sellenick to follow in his footsteps. He founded his own band in 1847 and also led a National Guard Band in Strasbourg. In 1873, he became the leader of the now famous Garde Republicaine Band.

Sellenick composed a number of very descriptive works, including several which made reference to India and the Middle East. “March Indienne” is one of those works, originally subtitled “Hindu March.” John Philip Sousa and the Sousa band frequently programmed this stylish and elegant French march.

The ensemble next performs “Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla” composed by Mikhail Glinka. It was transcribed for the Goldman Band by Franz Henning. Glinka is considered the father of the 19th century Russian nationalist school of composition. He exerted a profound and freely acknowledged influence upon other composers, particularly Tchaikovsky and the group of composers known as the “Russian Five” — Balakierev, Cui, Borodin, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

” Russlan and Ludmilla,” Glinka’s second opera, did not enjoy the immediate and resounding success of his first operatic effort, “A Life for the Czar.” The two works, however, laid the stylistic foundations for Russian national opera. Outside of Russia, “Russlan and Ludmilla” is known for its merry and tuneful overture.

The Beebes are featured on Felix Menelssohn’s “Concertst’