The Edmond Sun

October 4, 2013

UCO Wind Symphony kicks off its season

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony will begin this year’s season of wind symphony performances themed “Central STANDARD Time” with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Mitchell Hall Theater on campus.

The theme reflects a season of performances centered on standard works written for wind symphonies. This concert will feature monumental works by Paul Hindemith, Percy Grainger, Malcolm Arnold and Eric Whitacre.  

“In congruence with the themed season, the particular works we’re performing are pieces students must be familiar with to understand and appreciate the heritage of the wind symphony,” said Brian Lamb, director of the UCO Wind Symphony.

While this concert exposes Central students to the canonized pieces in band repertoire, students are also exposed to a contemporary composer with a world premiere performance of Jim Colonna’s “Anth’s Boogie.”

Colonna is a Pennsylvania-based composer who directs the division of Instrumental Music at York College.           

After learning of the past success the UCO Wind Symphony had performing with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass, Lamb said Colonna was happy to let the UCO Wind Symphony premiere his work.           

Tickets are $14 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, faculty and staff with a valid ID; and $4 for UCO students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mitchell Hall Box Office at 974-3375 or online at


FOR A COMPLETE schedule of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit