Wayne State Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble To Host Free Concert Tuesday

WAYNE – The public is invited to a free concert in late February which will feature an exhilarating performance.

According to a release from Wayne State College, the WSC Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a spirited concert on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place inside Ramsey Theatre.

The Tuesday night concert will close out the month of February events hosted by the Wayne State College Arts & Humanities Spring 2020 Literary, Visual and Performance Arts Series.

In honor of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the Symphonic Band presents a movement from his beloved Symphony No. 7. Beethoven himself premiered this famous piece in 1813. The Symphonic Band also performs the impressive Irish Rhapsody by Clare Grundman, a folk melody filled with colorful, contrasting textures. Dr. Josh Calkin, professor of low brass and assistant director of bands, conducts the Symphonic Band.

The Wind Ensemble’s repertoire includes the suspenseful Until the Scars by John Mackey and the rich, textural harmony of October by Eric Whitacre. Bayou Breakdown by Brant Karrick is a whimsical Cajun twist infused with technical challenges and chromatic chords. Robert Sheldon’s Danzas Cubanas is an intense multi-cultural experience sprinkled with conga, son-salsa, and mamba. The Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. David Bohnert, director of bands.

Following the concert, a reception will take place in the Peterson Fine Arts lobby as those who won’t be able to attend can go to the web stream at wsc.edu/music.

More spring events continue into the month of March starting with a High School Pop-up Show on Monday, March 2 with the reception and awards taking place at the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery at 1 p.m. An evening of choirs is also scheduled for March 2 at 7:30 p.m. from Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Contact, Dr. Bohnert at 402-375-7363 or email dabohne1@wsc.edu.