The Bowling Green State University Concert Band and Wind Symphony will be in concert together at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Admission is free.
Directed by Carol Hayward, the Concert Band’s program will include “Epic Fanfaire,” by Emmy Award-winning composer Julie Giroux, and “Rhosymedre” (cq) by Ralph Vaughn Williams, which was originally composed for organ and later transcribed by Walter Beeler and published in 1972. Graduate Assistant Ro Ciesluk will conduct “Rhosymedre.” The band will also perform “Traffic” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem, which was originally part of his Symphony No. 3 written in 1958. This version for winds was published in 2003 in coordination with the celebration of Rorem’s 80th birthday.
The Wind Symphony, directed by Bruce Moss, will be celebrating two “100ths,” with works by Samuel Barber, who would turn 100 this year, and H. Owen Reed, who just turned 100 in June. Barber was an iconic American composer and H. Owen Reed was a longtime faculty member in composition at Michigan State. “Overture to ‘The School for Scandal’” by Barber was the composer’s first composition for full orchestra. The title refers to the comedic play “The School for Scandal” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Barber intended the work to reflect the spirit of the play. “Heart of the Morn” by H. Owen Reed is based on the song “Michigan Morn” from the folk-opera “Peter Homan’s Dream.”