The 44-member Limestone College Wind Ensemble will present its fall concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Fullerton Auditorium.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, features wind and percussion instruments. Dr. Douglas Presley, Band Director and Coordinator of Music Education at Limestone, will serve as conductor.
The concert will feature performances of pieces by contemporary composers as well as a few from yesteryear, including:
• Gavokna Fanfare by Jack Stamp (b. 1954)
"This work begins with an explosion of sound in fanfare form utilizing brass, woodwinds, and percussion and moves into an imitative section with variations on each voice," said Dr. Presley.
• O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
"This has become one of the most performed and recorded compositions since it was written in 1994," explained Dr. Presley. "Although many composers have written music to the O Magnum text, only Lauridsen's has been nominated for a Grammy. This quiet song of profound joy perfectly captures the grace of God to the meek."
• The Lamb's March by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
"Sousa was more than a musician; he was a symbol of an era. Arriving upon the American musical scene at precisely the right moment in history, he was truly the musical spokesman of a proud new nation. The Lamb's March was written in 1914 and dedicated to a New York actors club known as the Lamb's club," said Dr. Presley.
• Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed (1921-2005)
In 1944, in an effort to improve Soviet-American relations, a holiday concert was planned to premiere new works by composers from both countries. Just 16 days prior to the concert it was discovered that Prokofiev's March, Op. 99, which had been scheduled for premiere, had already been premiered. Reed found a 16th century Russian Christmas song, Carol of the "Little Russian Children," and used this as the introductory theme. "Russian Christmas Music" was thus composed in only 11 days, just in time for the premiere on national broadcast by NBS.