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SBU's Wind Symphony and University Band in concert April 21

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University Division of Arts and Humanities presents the Wind Symphony and University Band in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21 in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus. 

Directed by Jared Brown, the Wind Symphony will open the evening by featuring compositions spanning more than a century of wind band literature. 

“Arsenal,” a stately march from Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost, opens the concert, followed by “To the Sky,” by American composer James Stephenson. “Fast Arrows” is a whimsical piece honoring Jaroslav Foglar, writer of the famous Czech comics by the same name. Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” follows with lush, dissonant chords originally based on a choral work. “On and American Spiritual” take the listener on an emotional, chaotic, and triumph musical journey based on the spiritual, “Were You There.” The exuberant “Sweet Like That” was a collaborative effort between the composer and a group of students, culminating in what the composer describes as “an urban march.” The final selection, “Chicken Chowder,” is an arrangement of a ragtime composition from the early 1900s. 

The University Band, under the direction of John Trew, will perform some classic wind band pieces and newer works, as well. 

The group will feature the music of well-known composers like Frank Ticheli, Robert W. Smith, Robert Sheldon and an arrangement by James Swearingen. The University Band’s portion of the concert will begin with an energetic piece called “Yellow” and then wrap up with a classic march from legendary composer Karl King. Other classics include “Yorkshire Ballad” by James Barnes, and “American Riversongs” by Pierre La Plante.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jared Brown at or call the SBU music office at (417) 328-1644.

*Published: 4-20-2022