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Wind Ensemble and Concert Band perform Dec. 6

BOONE—The Appalachian Wind Ensemble and the Appalachian Concert Band perform Dec. 6 at Appalachian State University.

The free performance, directed by John Stanley Ross, begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

The program includes “Fanfare and Flourishes for a Festive Occasion” by James Curnow, “At Dawn They Slept” by Jay Bocook, “Sabre and Spurs” by John Philip Sousa and “Commando March” by Samuel Barber.

The concert also features the premiere of William G. Harbinson’s “Aisling Gaelich,” based on two traditional Irish tunes. The first is a traditional barn dance that includes a “hornpipe skip” throughout.  The second is a lyrical ballad in honor of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the descendant of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, who had ambitions of ascending to the throne of Britain.

Harbinson is the former dean of Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music, where he remains a member of the faculty. His compositions have received eight Editor’s Choice Awards (Pepper Music Catalog) that identify “the very best of the new music available.”  His works for band appear on the contest/festival literature lists in many states and are performed around the world.

Hayes School of Music faculty member Dr. Christopher Blaha will be the soloist on Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Tuba.” Blaha joined the music in fall 2009.  He was the principal tuba for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra from 2004-08 and has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Columbus Symphony and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

He also has held instructional positions at Charleston Southern University and Armstrong Atlantic State University, in addition to his activities as a guest artist and clinician.

The program concludes with “Adagio for Wind Orchestra” by Joaquin Rodrigo and “American Salute” by Morton Gould.