CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Wind Symphony and the Corvallis High School Wind Ensemble will perform a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.
The Corvallis High School Wind Ensemble, directed Lia Poole, will open the program with “Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Grainger, a three-minute “Morris dance” based on a British folk tune. They will follow that with the H. Robert Reynolds wind band adaptation of Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Mark Camphouse’s “A Movement for Rosa.”
“A Movement for Rosa” is a 12-minute work honoring civil rights icon Rosa Parks. The first section of the work draws inspiration from Parks’ birth in 1913 to her marriage in 1932; section two depicts racial strife in Montgomery, Alabama, and her quest for equality; the final section depicts quiet strength and serenity through tthe hymn “We Shall Overcome.” The ensemble will finish the first half with John Mackey’s “Xerxes,” a concert march written in 2010.
After intermission, the OSU Wind Symphony, directed by Olin Hannum, will perform four works centered on the concept of wonder and imagination. They will open with “Magnolia Star” by Steve Danyew, a railroad-inspired work based on the familiar blues scale, and follow that with Wataru Hokoyama’s cinematic “Beyond.”
While the Japanese-born Hokoyama is most known for his film, television and video game work, his catalog includes an increasing number of works for a contemporary wind band. Henry Alford’s 1933 “Purple Carnival March” will provide a short interlude before Joseph Hisaishi’s “Princess Mononoke,” a suite based on themes from his score to the Japanese animated epic of the same name.
The Corvallis High School Wind Ensemble will join the OSU Wind Symphony on stage for the final work, Samuel Hazo’s “Novo Lenio.”
General admission tickets are $5. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth will be admitted free. Advance tickets are available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACevents. For accommodations relating to a disability, please call 541-737-4671 at least one week in advance.
About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.
Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, [email protected]
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