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Wind Symphony concert to be presented Oct. 6

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present “A Potpourri of Wind Music” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature works by Anthony O’Toole, Charles Ives, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Julie Giroux and Paul Hindemith performed by the Wind Symphony and compositions performed by Chamber ensembles – woodwind, brass and percussion.

The Wind Symphony music for this performance depicts a variety of styles and soloists. O’Toole’s “Fanfare to ‘The Hammer’” was written as a tribute to, and is based on the career of, baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, a personal hero of the composer. Short solos by senior music education major Miranda Applegate on clarinet, and freshman music and biology major Emma Hale on flute are included.

Renaissance composer Sweelinck wrote “Ballo del Granduca” (the Grand Duke’s Ballet) for harpsichord or organ. The work is brilliantly transcribed for wind band by Michael Walters and includes the main theme and four variation settings of the Italian dance tune. “One Life Beautiful,” a slow lyrical work by Giroux, includes a variety of short solos by Emma Hale, flute; Kathryn Jespersen, oboe; Dylan Pich, alto saxophone; Nate Murfin, trumpet; Ashley Fox, French horn; Austin Bryant, trombone; Daniel Lewis, euphonium and Tiffany Johnson, vibraphone.

“Variations on ‘America’” by Ives and Hindemith’s monumental “March” from “Symphonic Metamorphosis” round out the program.

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Hopwood in the department of music at (417) 328-1647 or