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Appalachian Wind Ensemble performs Nov. 23

BOONE—An evening of symphonic masterpieces will be performed Nov. 23 by the Appalachian Wind Ensemble from the Hayes School of Music. The 8 p.m. concert will be in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

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John Stanley Ross is the conductor. He is assisted by graduate students Matthey Brusseau and Onsby C. Rose.

First on the program is Boris Kozhevnikov’s “Symphony No. 3,” arranged by Col. John R. Bourgeois. Onsby C. Rose will conduct. Kozhevnikov composed more than 70 compositions for Russian military bands.

Matthew Brusseau will conduct “Ave Maria,” written by Franz Biebl and arranged by John Stanley Ross. Ross’ inspiration for the arrangement came while he was studying for a master’s degree in wind conducting at the University of Michigan and singing in the Michigan Men’s Glee Club. During his first rehearsal with the vocal ensemble, he had the privilege of singing Biebl’s original version. The composition was so moving, he tailored it for wind ensemble.

Rose will conduct the wind ensemble’s chamber winds in a performance of “Consort for Ten Winds” by Robert Spittal. The composition was inspired by 16th-century French wind music.
Also on the program is Vittorio Giannini’s “Symphony No. 3.” The work was commissioned by the Duke University Band in 1958.

The program concludes with Leroy Anderson’s popular “Bugler’s Holiday” featuring the wind ensemble’s trumpet section.