Western Washington UniversityCommunications and Marketing
DATE: April 30, 2014 10:11:55 AM PDT
Western Bands Perform Contemporary Repertoire and Music by WWU Alum on May 22

Contact: Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or chris.casquilho@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a concert of traditional and contemporary Band repertoire on May 22. The second half of the evening features music that is composed by artists connected directly to the Western community.

The concert, free and open to the public, is at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Concert Hall.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Zach Smith, will perform music spanning a time period of over 150 years. The concert opens with an overture from the mid-19th century by Franz Von Suppé, followed by a classic piece for band by Ralph Vaughn Williams  – a popular composer of early 20th century England. The first half of the concert closes with an early work by Eric Whitacre, a 20th century American composer.

The second half of the program features the Wind Symphony, under the direction of Christopher Bianco. They will be performing pieces by composers who have a connection to the university.  The program will begin with a work composed by Bertil van Boer Sr., the father of WWU faculty member and noted Musicologist Bertil van Boer. The ensemble will then perform works by WWU faculty member Roger Briggs, WWU alum and guest composer Pat Harlin, and a piece by Western graduate student composer and conductor Jon Bash.


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