CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble presents its final concert of the 2018-2019 season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.
To open the program, OSU Director of Bands Chris Chapman will conduct Gustav Holst’s Fugal Overture and Chants by Oregon-based composer Martin Benhke. Guest conductor Olin Hannum will then lead Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” a setting of the tune made famous via the folk song “Danny Boy.”
Anthony Barfield’s “Red Sky,” featuring solo trombonist Carson Keeble, will close the first half of the show. “Red Sky” is a depiction of the big bang theory, focusing on concepts of space, matter and energy. Keeble is an instructor of trombone at OSU and is a former member of the Colorado Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and New Mexico Symphony. He frequently performs with the Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony and Santa Fe Opera, and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic.
John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” opens the second half. The patriotic march was designated the official National March of America in 1987.
Symphony No. 2 “Voices” by James Stephenson is the final work of the program. The symphony is a three-movement, twenty-minute exploration of anger, heartbreak and reconciliation written in response to the death of Stephenson’s mother in 2016.
General admission tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth admitted free. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply. Advance tickets are available online at: https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/music-oregon-state. To request accommodations relating to a disability call 541-737-4671.
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