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Appalachian Wind Ensemble performs “Masterworks for Winds” Oct. 11

BOONE—John Stanley Ross conducts the Appalachian Wind Ensemble in a program titled “Masterworks for Winds” Sunday, Oct. 11, at Appalachian State University. The wind ensemble is based in Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music.

The free program begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

The program opens with Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Sonata pian’e forte” performed by the Brass Choir within the wind ensemble. The sonata was composed in 1597 for St. Mark’s Cathedral of Venice.

The wind ensemble performs Claude T. Smith’s “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,”  a work written in 1975 that premiered at a Kennedy Center celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Band.

Also on the program is Richard Wagner and Erik Leidzen’s “Trauersinfonie” written to aid the torchlight procession that accompanied the remains of composer Carl Maria von Weber to a cemetery in Dresden, Germany.

The ensemble will perform two movements from Morton Gould’s “Symphony for Band – West Point Symphony” and Paul Hindemith’s “March” from “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber” arranged for band.

Ross is director of bands and associate professor of music at Appalachian. In addition to conducting the Appalachian Wind Ensemble, he conducts the Appalachian Concert Band and frequently guest conducts the Appalachian Symphonic Band.