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Wind ensemble performance Dec. 2 at Appalachian

BOONE—Join the Appalachian Wind Ensemble Dec. 2 for an 8 p.m. performance in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Conductors for the program are Dr. John Stanley Ross and Dr. Kevin Richardson from the Hayes School of Music faculty. Graduate conductors are Brooke Humfeld and Justin Hensley.

The orchestra will open the program with Enst Toch’s “Spiel for Wind Orchestra, Op. 39.” The “romp” for chamber winds is based on the 18th-century Viennese practice of providing musical entertainment during afternoon and evening dinner parties.

Musicians also will play “Suite Francaise” by Darius Milhaud. The five parts of the suite are named for the French provinces occupied by American and Allied forces during World War II. Milhaud said he used folk tunes from the provinces so that Americans could hear the popular melodies from the regions where their family members fought the Germans.

The ensemble next will perform “Be Thou my Vision” by David Gillingham, which blends a somber Irish ballad setting and a prayerful interlude with a rousing climax.

Vincent Persichetti’s “Symphony No. 6” is considered a masterwork of wind literature. In it, each section of the band – woodwinds, brass and percussion – are featured as complete sections and in chamber-like groupings. The second movement of Persichetti’s work is based on the hymn tune “Round Me Falls the Night” from his “Hymn’s and Responses for the Church Year.”

Rounding out the evening are “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff, “Dialogues for Saxophone Quartet and Winds” by James Curnow and “Marche des Parachutistes Belges” by Pierre Leemans.

Originally written for choir, “Salvation is Created” is based on a chant from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Commissioned by the Capitol Quartet in Washington, D.C., the saxophone concertino “Dialogues” showcases the virtuosic and lyric qualities of the saxophones.

Leemans’ march was written while the composer served in the Belgian army during World War I, but it was never completed. Charles A. Wiley’s arrangement follows a standard European march form but with a light and charming character.