SBU Wind Symphony to present concert on Oct. 4

BOLIVAR, Mo. — The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present “A Potpourri of Wind Music” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.

The SBU Wind Symphony, along with compositions performed by woodwind, brass and percussion chamber groups, will feature works by Schostakovich, Dello Joio, Whitacre and Chance.

The Wind Symphony music for this performance depicts a variety of styles and emotions. Two works by Shostakovich serve as “bookends,” opening with the light and effervescent “Dance I” from Jazz Suite no. 2 and concluding with “Folk Dances,” a collection of Russian folk songs combined into one composition.

Dello Joio’s “Scenes from ‘The Louvre’” covers the period of the famous Paris museum’s development during the Renaissance with music based on themes from composers of that period. “October” is a composition intended to evoke a serene and peaceful musical representation of the composer’s favorite month.

“Something about the crisp autumn air and the subtle changes in light always make me a little sentimental, and as I started to sketch I felt that same quiet beauty in the writing,” composer Eric Whitacre writes.

Also on the program, which is free and open to the public, is “Incantation and Dance,” the band composition written by John Barnes Chance while he was composer-in-residence with the Ford Foundation Young Composers Project in 1960. 

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

*Published: 9-28-18