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Appalachian Symphony Band to perform Oct. 3 in Rosen Concert Hall

By University Communications

BOONE—Under Dr. Kevin Gray Richardson’s direction, the Appalachian Symphony Band will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free, and a live stream of the performance will be available at

The program, a presentation of Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music, is titled “To Boldly Go…” It will feature four pieces. Three were originally composed for wind ensemble (aka concert band), which consists of wind and percussion instruments. They are Julie Giroux’s “To Walk with Wings” (2002); Michael Daugherty’s “Vulcan” (2014); and the fifth “Hobbits” movement from Johan de Meij’s “Symphony No. 1” (1988).

In program notes for the Oct. 3 performance, “To Walk with Wings” is described as “a musical epic for man’s quest for flight,” while “Vulcan” pays homage to Gene Roddenberry’s interstellar universe as depicted in “Star Trek,” the classic television series. “Symphony No. 1,” subtitled “The Lord of the Rings,” was inspired by the eponymous trilogy of novels by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Richardson is the associate director of bands and an assistant professor of music at Appalachian. He has also programmed Merlin Patterson’s wind ensemble transcription of the “Mars” movement from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” a famed staple of the repertoire for symphony orchestra since its composition in 1916. A symphony orchestra consists mainly of string instruments, in addition to winds and percussion.

About Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate-level programs.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.