The Edmond Sun

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October 15, 2012

UCO wind symphony to perform in Mitchell Hall

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony will present its first performance of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theater.

The concert will feature compositions by Gustav Holst, Kenneth Hesketh and Philip Sparke as well as vocals by the Edmond Community Chorale.

Compositions include Holst’s “A Moorside March,” Hesketh’s “Danceries,” and Sparke’s “Dance Movements.”           

“This opening concert of the wind symphony season will be full of energy and excitement. This is a very young band, dominated by a majority of new members, representing a very talented freshman class,” said Brian Lamb, director of bands at UCO.           

“These young people have stepped right into the roles and responsibilities that go with playing in this premier ensemble and they are preparing to perform these magnificent and moving wind works.”

Following the performance, the UCO School of Music will have a CD release party for “American Byways: Music of Michael Daugherty,” a new album that features the UCO Wind Symphony performing Daugherty’s compositions.

Daugherty is one of the most commissioned, performed and recorded composers on the music scene today. Last October he visited the UCO campus to conduct a series of master classes and established a solid professional relationship with Lamb and the School of Music.   

The new album will be on sale at a special price of $10 at the party. Additionally, refreshments will be provided.          

The UCO Wind Symphony concert is part of the UCO Passport program, which selects a country or region to celebrate during the fall semester annually. This semester Central chose to celebrate England, the native country of Holst, Hesketh and Sparke.           

The mission of the program is to inspire unity and understanding in the global community, while providing educational and entertaining events for Central students and the surrounding community. Visit www.uco.edu/passport for a complete listing of UCO Passport events and information.           

TICKETS TO the performance are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and non-UCO students and $4 for Central students with a UCO I.D. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mitchell Hall Theater box office at 974-3375 or visiting www.click4tix.com/uco.

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