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BC's Symphonic Band to Present Concert of Original Music Nov. 16

November 03, 2014

Bridgewater College’s Symphonic Band will present “Original Works for Wind Band,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

 “Havendance,” composed in 1983 by David Holsinger, represents the dancing, energetic spirit of his daughter, Haven, who was eight years old at the time.

In 1915, Henry Fillmore composed “Lassus Trombone,” one of his most famous compositions that features the trombone section of the band.

Composed in 2001, Robert W. Smith’s “Inchon” was dedicated to Korean War veterans. This work introduces the audience to the feel, smell, noise and emotions filling a Marine’s senses as he departs the safety of the ship and heads into harm’s way. From the tranquility of the ocean waves on the beach to the turbulence of the helicopters overhead, this is an experience not to be missed.

Presenting special effects for the band are Bridgewater College faculty and staff members, including Nan Covert, associate professor of art; Roy Ferguson, executive vice president; Dr. Harriett Hayes, associate professor of sociology; Dr. Brandon Marsh, assistant professor of history; Dr. John McCarty, assistant professor of music; Dr. Ian McNeil, visiting assistant professor of music; Dr. Aaron Miller, assistant professor of physics; Andrew Pearson, director of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library; Dr. Carol Scheppard, vice president and dean for academic affairs; and Dr. Larry Taylor, associate professor of music.

“Café 512,” composed in 2010 by Ryan George, was influenced by the Argentinean tango style of composer Astor Piazzola. The energetic tango features Joseph Jerome Hays, a freshman music major from Verona, Va., on the clarinet, along with the percussion section.

Composed in 2012 by John Mackey, “Sheltering Sky” is serene and simple – a nostalgic portrait of the works of earlier composers.

“Vesuvius,” by Frank Ticheli, was composed in 1999. Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D., is the inspiration behind this piece. “Vesuvius” represents a dance from the final days of the doomed city.

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