The Missouri University of Science and Technology Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will perform their final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Leach Theater of Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.
Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for Missouri S&T students. Tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before the performance in the Leach Theatre Box Office, located in the lobby of Castleman Hall.
“The concert features a mix of music written in the mid to late 20th century, and some new pieces just recently composed. Each group has some very quiet, poignant sounds contrasting with loud, driving rhythms and contemporary sounds,” says Dr. Robert J. Cesario, director of bands and orchestras.
The program will begin with the world premier of Fanfare 2011, a new piece written for the combined brass section of both bands by Craig French, associate director of bands at Rolla High School.
The Symphonic Band will follow with English Dances Set 1, by Malcolm Arnold; On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, by David R. Holsinger; and Symphony #1 (in Memoriam Dresden 1945), by Daniel Bukvich.
The Wind Symphony will take the stage in the second half of the concert. Their selections will include the five part The Winged Lion, by Stephen McNeff; Frenzy by Andrew Boysen Jr.; and Aloft, by Jack Stamp, a piece commissioned in 1997 for the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force and dedicated to the men and women of the Air Combat Command Heritage of America Band at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
The bands will combine for the final number, Rolling Thunder, by Henry Fillmore, with guest conductor Missouri S&T Chancellor John F. Carney III.
For additional information about Missouri S&T bands, email Cesario at email@example.com or call the S&T performing arts office at 573-341-4185.